The ninth circuit appeals court in Oregon issued an opinion on Tuesday that concluded that the logo "was not substantially similar to Rentmeester’s photo."
In 1984, Nike paid Rentmeester $150 for temporary rights to use photos of Michael Jordan that he shot for Life magazine. He claimed that it was the basis for the photo shot by Nike a year later which eventually led to the now-ubiquitous Jumpman logo which debuted on the Air Jordan 3.
Law360's Bill Donahue provided the crucial statement in the ninth circuit appeals court's opinion:
Here's the key quote: pic.twitter.com/tachU1SBhN— Bill Donahue (@Bill__Donahue) February 27, 2018
The full ruling can be read here.