Ex-Rutgers QB Slams EA's Claim To 1st Amendment Rights

Law360, New York (July 23, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT) -- A former Rutgers University quarterback ripped Electronic Arts Inc.'s argument that its college football video games featuring allegedly misappropriated players' likenesses enjoyed First Amendment protection, telling the Third Circuit on Thursday that EA's “one-size-fits-all” interpretation opened the door to wider exploitation.

In a reply brief, lead plaintiff Ryan Hart — who was the quarterback for Rutgers' football team from 2002 to 2005 — argued that the appeals court should balance EA's freedom of expression with an individual's right of publicity, especially in the face of new...
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