Stylist counters Kentucky Derby Pageant’s lawsuit over Pegasus Pin – Courier Journal



The 2019 Kentucky Derby Pageant pin options the Pageant’s official jacket uniform. (Picture: Kentucky Derby Pageant)

The courtroom battle over the copyright for the Kentucky Derby Pageant’s newest Pegasus Pin expanded this week when the stylist employed to assist create the fuschia jacket upon which the pin’s look is predicated filed a counterclaim looking for damages. 

The KDF sued stylist Andre Wilson final month, alleging that Wilson was demanding royalties from the pins’ gross sales — a key funding supply for the competition — and asking a federal decide to verify it holds the copyright to the pin in addition to the jacket it mirrors. 

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The group maintains Wilson wasn’t liable for the jacket’s total design. (Having an official competition jacket yearly is a decades-long custom for the KDF.)

In his counterclaim, nevertheless, Wilson contended that his work is “an unique creation that’s distinctive” and mentioned the KDF didn’t search his permission to copy that work in its new Pegasus Pin, which had by no means earlier than been based mostly on one of many KDF’s jackets.

Over 250,000 Pegasus Pins, which go for round $6, are made yearly.

In varied courtroom paperwork, Wilson mentioned the KDF has damage his enterprise by:

“misappropriating his work” for its personal revenue;”discrediting, mischaracterizing and diminishing” his contribution;and utilizing its assets to bully and humiliate him and his skillset. 

The influence Wilson has skilled consists of the lack of enterprise and sponsorships in addition to rescinded invitations to charitable occasions that might result in future enterprise alternatives, based on the courtroom paperwork. 

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Nonetheless, KDF’s president and CEO, Mike Berry, lately mentioned Wilson’s threatened litigation has the potential to jeopardize the pins and “represents a major monetary risk to the Kentucky Derby Pageant and our mission to supply protected, inexpensive and gratifying leisure that the group has come to count on.”

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Reporter Matthew Glowicki contributed to this report.

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