Heisman winner plans to fight suit over photo

DETROIT (AP) -- Desmond Howard says he plans to fight a lawsuit by the photographer who snapped his Heisman Trophy touchdown pose in 1991.

The Heisman winner tells The Flint Journal for a recent story he couldn't discuss the lawsuit extensively. The former Michigan player described it as "really odd," noting that it's been "more than two decades since I played my last down in Ann Arbor."

Photographer Brian Masck in January filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit, saying Howard and others unlawfully copied and marketed the shot.

Masck didn't obtain a copyright until 2011. Masck took the photo after Howard scored on a 93-yard punt return against Ohio State.

Masck says he never authorized the photo to be used in magazines and in memorabilia.

Published: Mon, Mar 18, 2013


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