Makers of ‘NBA 2K’ sued for copyright infringement over Lebron James’ tattoos

Solid Oak Sketches filed a lawsuit in New York against Take-Two Software for more than $1.1 million for a license on eight tattoo designs featured in Take-Two’s “NBA 2K” series.

Solid Oak claims to own the copyright to several tattoo designs featured on the bodies of NBA stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin, DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe. Solid Oak is suing over unauthorized reproductions of the designs.

The question over whether tattoo designs are copyrightable has never been fully decided by a court, as acknowledged in the new lawsuit. Victor Whitmill’s lawsuit against Warner Bros. over Hangover 2 settled, which has led other tattoo designers to file other lawsuits over similar circumstances.

In all, the value of the tattoo designs is claimed to be $819,500. Thus the tattoo design company offered a perpetual license for a fee of $1,144,000.

Take-Two has turned down that offer and will take their chances in court.

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