In 2018 tattoo artist Katherine Alexander (Catherine Alexander) sued the creators of fighting games WWE 2K — studio 2K Sports and its parent company Take Two Interactive. Litigation ended in victory Alexander.
The artist claimed that WWE 2K16, 2K17 and 2K18 her tattoo design is illegally used – we are talking about a tattoo on the body of a wrestler Randy Orton (Randy Orton).
2K in response to the accusation, she said that the company has the right to demonstrate tattoos – they, they say, were recreated for a realistic image of a wrestler and were not used as a means of expression.
Randy Orton in WWE 2K.
An Illinois jury rejected the defense’s argument and held that take-two must reimburse Alexander damages in the amount of $3,750. According to the court, the tattoo artist is not entitled to other payments, since the sales WWE 2K have no direct connection to the fact that the games include works Alexander.
Despite the modest amount of compensation, this is an important precedent – it may be cited in future proceedings involving tattoo artists whose work is found in video games.
Remember, in 2020 take-two won a similar dispute that flared up around virtual basketball NBA 2K. tattoo company solid oak claimed to own the rights to tattoos of NBA stars such as LeBron James (LeBron James) Kenyon Martin (Kenyon Martin) and Eric Bledsoe (Eric Bledsoe). However, the judge decided that take-two legally recreated tattoos – the rights to use the appearance of athletes were part of her deal with the NBA.