Tattoo artist Catherine Alexander brought forward a lawsuit against WWE, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2K Games, Inc., 2K Sports, Inc., Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yuke’s Co., Ltd., and Yuke’s LA Inc several years ago.
Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois ruled that the trial for the lawsuit will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, according to court documents obtained by Pwinsider.com, it was recently revealed the trial will now start on July 31, 2022.
Alexander stated in the lawsuit that she performed the tattoo work on Randy Orton between 2003 and 2008 and believes they “are easily recognized by his fans and members of the public.” Her work was originally used for faux sleeves and later portrayed in a video game. She believes she should receive money from those consumer products.
When this trial is done, the court will decide whether the defendants had the right to use the work in the game as a copyright fair use or if Alexander has grounds to receive money for her work being used.