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WWE headed to trial next month to fight claims over using Randy Orton’s tattoo design in a video game

Tattoo artist Catherine Alexander is set to go to trial after years of waiting when she 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.

The trial had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will now start on January 31, 2022.

Alexander stated in the lawsuit that she performed the tattoo work on Randy Orton between 2003 and 2008. She believes they  “are easily recognized by his fans and members of the public.” WWE originally used her work for faux sleeves and was later portrayed in a video game and she believes she should receive money from those consumer products.

Alexander alleged she contacted WWE in 2009 and the company offered her a $450 fee for the rights to the designs. She turned down an offer from WWE. The legal team for Alexander stated she “did not grant any permission to WWE to copy, duplicate or otherwise use or reproduce any of Plaintiff’s designs.”

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.

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