The Philadelphia Phillies recently unveiled changes to the Phillie Phanatic mascot. The update comes in the middle of a copyright lawsuit between the Philadelphia Phillies and the original costume designer, Harrison/Erickson.
Josh Gerben was quoted by Bloomberg Law analyzing the reason behind the costume alterations:
“The team appears to be trying to add a layer to its lawsuit argument that Harrison/Erickson didn’t create the Phanatic alone, but that the franchise co-authored it through various contributions.”
“To me, it’s surprising that the Phillies had to take the step of even having to amend the costume, and that a deal couldn’t be reached.