WWE Fails to Escape Video Game Tattoo Copyright Suit (1)

March 19, 2020, 3:35 PM; Updated: March 19, 2020, 8:54 PM

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. couldn’t escape a copyright lawsuit brought in Illinois federal court by a tattoo artist who says it used her work without permission in a video game series.

Catherine Alexander’s claims that WWE infringed her copyrights in tattoos she designed for wrestler Randy Orton were sufficiently fleshed out to beat the company’s motion to dismiss, the court said Wednesday.

The case could be a chance to create clarity on how copyright law applies to tattoos and when artists can expect compensation. But most cases, such as one involving Mike Tyson’s face tattoo in the movie “The Hangover ...

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