Jury Comes To Decision In Randy Orton WWE 2K Tattoo Lawsuit

2 months ago by Liam Winnard

Jury Comes To Decision In Randy Orton WWE 2K Tattoo Lawsuit WWE

The jury has officially made its decision in the Randy Orton WWE 2K tattoo lawsuit case, which went to trial last week (w/c September 26).

To quickly recap, in April 2018, Catherine Alexander – Orton’s tattoo artist – filed a lawsuit against WWE, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, 2K Games Inc, 2K Sports Inc, Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yukes Co Ltd, and Yukes LA Inc.

In the lawsuit, she claims that those parties have infringed on her copyright by using the tattoo work she did on Randy Orton in video games without her permission.

Orton himself was not a defendant in the case but did testify as a witness during the trial.

The jury had three key points they needed to come to an agreement on, as reported by PWInsider, who acquired the jury’s findings.

The first of those points was whether the defendants (WWE, 2K, etc) had proven that the tattoos came under ‘fair use’ and were therefore free to be used in the video games.

The jury ruled that the tattoos did NOT come under fair use.

The second point was to determine the damages that Alexander was entitled to for the usage of the tattoo designs.

The jury ruled that Alexander was entitled to $3,750.

The third point was to determine how much of the video games’ profit was derived from the usage of the tattoo designs.

The jury ruled that to be $0.

So in summary, Alexander did win the lawsuit, but she only came out of it with $3,750 in damages.

There were a lot of eyes on this case as the result sets something of a legal precedent for the usage of tattoos in video games and anything similar.

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