Suit accuses club of theft of sign design Copyright case seeks removal of display

November 19, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore sign maker has sued an Annapolis nightclub owner and his sign maker, alleging they stole the firm's design of a 25-foot sign that went up along Route 50 last summer to attract customers to the club.

Gable Signs and Graphics Inc. of the 7900 block of Fort Smallwood Road asked in the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore seeking unspecified damages on counts of copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.

The suit also asks for a judge to order Harvey Blonder, owner of Buddy's Late Night, to take down the blue-and-red sign and to stop using its circular design on T-shirts sold at the club.

The suit, filed Nov. 8, names Buddy's Late Night, Mr. Blonder and Arundel Signs Inc. of Annapolis as defendants.

Neither Mr. Blonder nor Vickey Norfolk, a spokeswoman for Arundel Signs, could be reached.

The suit alleges that Mr. Blonder asked Gables Signs and Graphics on March 30 to design a 25-foot-high illuminated sign for a site near the club.

The suit alleges that Curtis Arbaugh, a graphic designer for Gable, came up with a design.

Mr. Blonder backed out of the deal when he was told it would cost $35,000 to build the sign.

To protect itself, the firm registered the design, which it titled "Buddy's Late Night Logo Design," with the U.S. Copyright Office on June 8, the suit says.

The sign was built by Arundel Signs -- using Gable's design -- that same month, the suit alleges.

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