Retired Players Sack NFL Over Unpaid Use Of Likeness

Law360, New York (August 21, 2009, 6:27 PM EDT) -- A group of retired National Football League players, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea, has hit the league with a putative class action for trademark infringement, alleging the NFL has used the players' likenesses without authorization or compensation to promote the league, sell merchandise and generate revenue.

The NFL has earned substantial revenue for years by making promotional films and selling products featuring the identities of retired NFL football players without their authorization, trading on the “glory days” of the NFL, according to the...
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