LeBron James' 'Uninterrupted' Threatens to Sue University of Alabama for Copyright Infringement

Posted April 03, 2018

James' multimedia platform Uninterrupted has a web series called "The Shop".

It featured a discussion in a barbershop involving former Alabama star Julio Jones along with Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and other football players.

Uninterrupted's "The Shop", which premiered during the 2017 NBA Finals, has previously released two episodes and filmed a third, that including LeBron and others having conversations while getting haircuts.

We'll see how this works out, but it sounds as if Alabama's Shop Talk might not be coming soon after all. The letter asks the university to refrain from releasing the show and to submit a copy episode to Uninterrupted in order to find a solution and avoid an annoying "battle of legal letters". "In addition, your use of the name "Shop Talk" and the related logo infringes Uninterrupted's valuable trademark rights in "The Shop", and in the name and design associated therewith".

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It also remains unclear whether Uninterrupted, whose barbershop show has reportedly generated four million views since debuting past year, objects specifically to the Shop Talk name and logo or to the very idea of a taped conversation between sports figures in a barbershop.

Alabama opened a barbershop in the football team's Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility in February.

No legal action was threatened in the letter, which suggested the parties discuss the issue before "rushing into legal proceedings".