Howard plans to fight suit over Heisman pose shot

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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 story published Friday 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.

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