A two-year-long dispute between American Airlines and the U.S. Copyright Office has been settled with the federal agency changing its mind about the carrier’s red, white and blue logo.
The U.S. Copyright Office has on three occasions since 2016 rejected requests by American Airlines to register for copyright protection the symbol that the carrier unveiled in 2013 when it overhauled its image.
The logo, depicting a stylized eagle in mid-flight with red and blue airplane wings, is emblazoned on most of the carrier’s fleet of more than 950 planes as well as on billboards and other advertisements.
The reason for the repeated rejections? The agency said the logo represented...