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Posted on: May 10, 2018

In 2016, Take-Two, a video game company that is the creator of the NBA 2K series of video games, was sued by Solid Oak Sketches, a company who owns the copyright in several NBA players’ tattoos. Solid Oak argued that the video game series, which seeks to simulate the NBA, infringed on their copyright because the tattoo designs were featured in the game without their consent. These tattoos appear on players like LeBron James, whom the plaintiff argued doesn’t have the authority to grant Take-Two permission to use their designs in the game. This case is still pending in New York federal court.

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