Novel Suit Over Tattoos In Video Games Likely To Fade

Law360, New York (February 8, 2016, 3:58 PM EST) -- Tattoo artists who inked up LeBron James and other NBA superstars are suing the company behind the popular "NBA 2K" basketball video games for copyright infringement for accurately depicting the stars' tattoos in the game. It's a novel claim — and one experts say is almost certain to fail.

The lawsuit, filed in New York federal court by tattoo licensing firm Solid Oak Sketches LLC against game studio Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., claims eight different designs that artists etched on James, Kobe Bryant and other superstars are protected by federal copyrights.

A demand letter attached to the lawsuit shows that Solid...

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