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WWE receives trial date to fight claims over using Randy Orton’s tattoo design in a video game

It was revealed earlier this week through court documents that WWE and Take-Two Interactive Software, which is the publisher of the WWE 2K series of video games, received a lawsuit brought by tattoo artist Catherine Alexander.

Basically, Alexander feels that since she did tattoo work for Randy Orton that was originally used for faux sleeves and later portrayed in a video game, she should receive money from those consumer products. She contacted WWE to negotiate for any reproductions of her work, but in her words, the person she spoke with told her that she had no grounds about the matter. Thus, she launched the lawsuit years ago.

Earlier this week it noted that an Illinois federal judge issued a partial summary judgment that WWE and 2K Games had copied her work.

Now, a trial date has been set, which is February 16, 2021, at 9 AM EST before the U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois (East St. Louis), according to Yuke’s Co., Ltd., and Yuke’s LA Inc are also listed in the lawsuit.

The case was slated to go to trial a year ago, but it got pushed back because the judge at the time had retired and Judge Yandle had to take over. Thus, it was moved to June 2020 but was delayed once again at the request of 2K and several other plaintiffs.

The trial will try to figure out 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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