Video Games Protected By 1st Amendment, EA Tells 3rd Circ.

Law360, New York (May 17, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT) -- Electronic Arts Inc. told the Third Circuit on Wednesday that a lower court was right when it sacked an ex-Rutgers University quarterback's proposed class action accusing the company of misappropriating his likeness, saying EA's college football video games are expressive works that enjoy First Amendment protection.

The New Jersey federal court's September ruling granting EA summary judgment in Ryan Hart's right of publicity suit should be affirmed, according to EA, which added that the decision put video games in the same category as other works —...
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