Unprecedented lawsuit pits photographer against major NFL team

Barry Sanders statue
(Image credit: @detroitlionsnfl via Instagram)

We've seen plenty of examples of photographers suing brands or publications for using their work without permission, but this might be the first time we've seen a photographer complain that their work been quite literally set in stone. 

In a lawsuit, Allen Kee claims a statue unveiled last year of footballer Barry Sanders is based on his own 1995 photo of a game. In a behind-the-scenes video from the Detroit Lions depicting the creation of the statue, the photo can be seen in the background, presumably acting as a reference. (For more NFL controversies, check out the Super Bowl logo conspiracy theory that's sweeping the web.)

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.