‘Knicklyn’ Website Catches Heat from the NBA?!
“ ‘Knicklyn’ has provided an identity for many fans like myself whose loyalty remains with the New York Knicks despite having a Brooklyn address,” Sorisi said. “Brooklyn is my home. New York is my team.”
“I was shocked at how fast I was contacted,” Sorisi said.
“Your unauthorized use of NBA Intellectual Property is an attempt to capitalize on the fame and goodwill of NBA Intellectual Property — including the ‘Knicks’ name and the ‘Nets’ logo,” the league told Sorisi in the e-mail.
“I kind of feel like I’m being bullied,” Sorisi said. “I’m one person operating this thing, and I need to sell goods to cover my costs.”
“They don’t own a trademark on circles,” Sorisi said. “There’s a Knickerbocker Avenue that runs through Brooklyn. They don’t own that word.”
An NBA rep said in a statement, “We have been in direct communication with the owner of the site to singularly address the sale of unlicensed merchandise using NBA trademarks, which violates league and team intellectual-property rights.
“There has been no demand for compensation or for the shutdown of his Web site.” – nypost
26-year old Brooklyn native Mike Sorisi created a site, Knicklyn.com, for Knicks fans who live in Brooklyn! Sorisi created the term “Knicklyn” to represent fans who are torn between one of NBA’s original franchises, the NY Knicks and the newly born Brooklyn Nets! Sorisi designed a logo, a moniker, and started selling hats and stickers until… the NBA dropped the ball on him! They cited him for copyright infringement on use of the ‘Knick’ name and use of the ‘Nets’ logo! Sorisi almost immediately received notification from the NBA to stop sales of products, and send any unsold material to the NBA! Check out comments above!