By Bill Donahue (March 26, 2020, 5:19 PM EDT) -- A Manhattan federal judge ruled Thursday that Take-Two Interactive couldn't be sued for copyright infringement over tattoos on LeBron James and others in NBA 2K video games, saying tattoo artists gave the players automatic licenses when they inked their bodies.
Rejecting a lawsuit that the video game giant has called unprecedented and "troubling," the judge said tattoo artists had to have known that famous NBA players were likely to appear widely in public.
"The tattooists necessarily granted the players nonexclusive licenses to use the tattoos as part of their likenesses," U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain wrote. "The players, who were neither requested nor agreed...
Stay ahead of the curve
In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.
Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!