Take Two faces lawsuit over tattoos in WWE 2K games

Take Two is heading to courtroom because it faces a lawsuit over using WWE Superstar Randy Orton’s tattoos in their licensed WWE 2K games, it has emerged.

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter (and noticed by GamesIndustry.biz) each Take Two and the WWE in addition to former developer Yuke’s Software are being taken to courtroom by tattoo artist Catherine Alexander, who was chargeable for the artwork of six of Randy Orton’s tattoos. On Saturday, an Illinois federal choose handed over a partial abstract figuring out that WWE and Take Two had copied her work by reproducing the tattoos on their character mannequin of Orton, and now a jury should determine if the case consitutes copyright infringement in opposition to Alexander.

It’s not the primary time Take Two have discovered themselves in a authorized battle in regards to physique ink, as again in 2016 an analogous lawsuit was filed in opposition to the corporate for the replica of tattoos in their NBA collection. However, that case was settled when the writer argued that their likeness was truthful use, and thus the case by no means acquired to trial.

Apparently, that is not going to fly right here, with the choose saying in her abstract: “Alexander contends she created the tattoos for the purpose of displaying them on Orton’s body and that Defendants used the tattoos for the same purpose; to display them on Orton’s body in the video games. Alexander also disputes Defendants’ characterization of the size of the tattoos and maintains they are prominently displayed and clearly visible in the video games. These are material factual disputes.”

This will definitely be an fascinating one to control in the long run as to what it might imply for reproducing the tattoos of sports activities stars and atheletes in simulation games going ahead. Meanwhile, Take 2’s newest WWE sport—the decidedly not-so-realistic WWE 2K Battlegrounds— is on the market now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. 

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