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9th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-NCAA Champs' Likeness Dispute

Law360, New York (April 5, 2017, 4:57 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit two former Division III college basketball players brought against a website that sold official NCAA photos, saying the players' publicity right claims are preempted by the website’s rights under federal copyright law.

A three-judge panel said former college basketball players Patrick Maloney and Tim Judge could not reverse a California federal judge’s decision to strike the suit under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, saying T3Media Inc.’s licensing of the players’ pictures from a 2001 national championship game...
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