EA, Ex-NFL Star Face Copyright Suit Over Game Cover Tattoos

Law360, New York (January 7, 2013, 1:01 PM EST) -- Electronic Arts Inc. and former NFL running back Ricky Williams were sued recently in Louisiana federal court by a tattoo artist who claims EA used his copyrighted artwork when it put Williams on the cover of its "NFL Street" video game.

Stephen Allen, a tattoo artist and owner of Crybabies Tattoo in Shreveport, La., alleged in a Dec. 31 complaint that EA infringed a copyright by using an image of Williams on the cover of "NFL Street," a game first released in 2004. The game cover, which Allen says he became aware of in 2010, shows tattoo artwork that he inked...

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