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Desmond Howard Plans To Fight Suit Over Heisman Pose Shot

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1991: Desmond Howard #21 of the Michigan Wolverines runs in the the 'Heisman' pose right after making a 93 yard touchdown against Ohio State circa 1991 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Wolverines won 31 - 3. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

1991: Desmond Howard #21 of the Michigan Wolverines runs in the the ‘Heisman’ pose right after making a 93 yard touchdown against Ohio State circa 1991 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Wolverines won 31 – 3. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Desmond Howard says he plans to fight a lawsuit by the photographer who snapped his Heisman Trophy touchdown pose in 1991.

The Heisman winner told The Flint Journal he couldn’t discuss the lawsuit extensively. The former Michigan player described it as “really odd,” noting that it’s been “more than two decades since I played my last down in Ann Arbor.”

Photographer Brian Masck in January filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit, saying Howard and others unlawfully copied and marketed the shot.

Masck, who didn’t obtain a copyright until 2011, took the photo after Howard scored on a 93-yard punt return against Ohio State. Masck says he never authorized the photo to be used in magazines and in memorabilia.

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