Photo Site SLAPPs Away NCAA Champs' Publicity Rights Suit

By Michael Lipkin (March 9, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday invoked anti-SLAPP law and kicked a proposed class action that former National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball champions brought against a website that sold official NCAA photos, ruling the Copyright Act barred the athletes' claims.

U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. granted T3Media Inc.'s motion to strike the suit under California's anti-SLAPP statute, after finding the sale of game photographs was a protected activity. While the former players argued their right of publicity could be separated from the copyright protection surrounding the pictures, the court held that T3Media hadn't used the player's likenesses to advertise unrelated...

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