Kanye West and Evel Knievel Settle Copyright Dispute
Kanye West and legendary stuntman Evel Knievel have officially settled their copyright dispute over the use of the daredevil’s image in the video for “Touch The Sky.” In Kanye’s video he assumes the persona of “Evil Kanyevel” and, while wearing a costume similar to the one worn by the legendary stuntman, attempts to jump a canyon on a motorcycle. Knievel viewed the video as infringement on his trademarked name and likeness said that “vulgar and offensive” images in the video might harm his reputation. He subsequently filed suit against Kanye, Roc-A-Fella Records and AOL for distributing the clip. On July 11, the two parties notified a federal judge that they would attempt to work the disagreement out with a mediator in an effort to avoid a trial. While details of the settlement have not been disclosed, the matter was reportedly settled amicably and Kanye and Knievel recently met for a photo opportunity at the stuntman’s home in Tampa, Florida.