Phillie Phanatic

Phillies file suit to keep ownership of Phillie Phanatic

usa-mickey-morandini-phillies-phanatic.jpg
USA Today Images

Phillies file suit to keep ownership of Phillie Phanatic

The Phillies have filed a suit in New York federal court over a dispute regarding the copyright of the Phillie Phanatic.

The character was created in 1978 with a licensing agreement between the team and Harrison/Erickson Inc. until 1984.

At that time the Phillies claim they purchased the rights to the Phillie Phanatic “forever”.

Harrison/Erickson is reported to have sent a letter to the Phillies last summer claiming it could terminate the agreement with the team in June of 2020 if a new deal was not reached.

The following is from a story in the Hollywood Reporter:

“The termination provisions of copyright law allow an author to reclaim rights after 35 years, but the Phillies say that H/E is falsely claiming it ‘created the copyrighted character’ while ‘ignor[ing] The Phillies' role in designing the Phanatic's costume."

The following quote is from the team’s complaint:

"The Club therefore requests that this Court put an immediate end to H/E’s effort to hold up The Phillies with its threats of legal action and to make the Phanatic a free agent. By issuing a declaratory judgment in The Phillies’ favor and an injunction against H/E’s threatened actions, the Court will ensure that Phillies fans will not be deprived of their beloved mascot of 41 years and that The Phillies’ investment of creativity, time, effort and money in the Phanatic will not be liquidated by H/E."

We’ll update the story with any developments. 

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Phillies

The Phillie Phanatic was surprisingly good at 'Pictionary' on MLB Network

The Phillie Phanatic was surprisingly good at 'Pictionary' on MLB Network

The Phillies may not have played a game yesterday due to the weather down in Washington but that didn't stop the Phanatic from getting his game on.

The big green fella was a guest on MLB Network to play "Central Scribbles" which is basically Pictionary.

He teamed up with Ken Rosenthal and Lauren Shehadi to try and come up with players associated with the National League East. Some names were much more challenging than others. Spoiler: Nobody was able to get Adam Eaton.

You can watch and enjoy the Phanatic's artistic skills in the below video.

John Kruk's face shows how much he HATES the Phillie Phanatic

John Kruk's face shows how much he HATES the Phillie Phanatic

The Phillies didn't have a good night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up eight home runs and losing, 13-8. But it didn't stop the Phanatic from having some fun at John Kruk's expense.

The broadcasters often get hungry in the booth and the Phillie Phanatic is always happy to make a popcorn delivery. Ben Davis has enjoyed the Phanatic's antics in the past but Monday night, John Kruk's face said it all (watch above).

It could have been the rain delay or the Phillies giving up three home runs to start the game, but Kruk didn't have the appetite for a classic Phanatic bit.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Phillies