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Why LeBron James Reportedly Has Copyright Beef With Alabama Football

The Alabama Crimson Tide might want to think before they post.

The official Twitter account for Alabama Football recently shared a trailer for the first episode of “Shop Talk,” a series that purportedly will feature football players and/or coaches having candid discussions in a barber shop. But the clip caught the attention of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and his sports programming network Uninterrupted, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

Uninterrupted reportedly believes Alabama’s video bears too close of a resemblance to “The Shop,” an Uninterrupted series featuring James and a slew of guests having random discussions at a barber shop. The multimedia platform sent a letter to Alabama on Monday addressing concerns over possible copyright infringement and intellectual property theft, per McMenamin.

Here’s Alabama’s trailer for “Shop Talk”:

And here’s a clip from Uninterrupted’s “The Shop”:

Hmm…

Here’s an excerpt from Uninterrupted’s letter to Alabama, per McMenamin:

“Your continued exploitation of ‘Shop Talk’ infringes ‘Uninterrupted’s’ copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in ‘The Shop’ and significantly damages ‘Uninterrupted’s’ commercial prospects for ‘The Shop.’”

Uninterrupted reportedly invited Alabama and the producers of “Shop Talk” to have a conservation before “rushing into legal proceedings.”

Does Alabama’s barbershop-centered series look eerily similar to Uninterrupted’s? Perhaps — but it’s not like James and his associates are the first people to play up the now-tired cliche of barbershop small talk. (Surprisingly great movie, by the way.)

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