It looks like we’re going to be getting another landmark copyright decision pretty soon. At issue: Can a tattoo on human flesh be copyrighted?
According to this post by David Kravets in Ars Technica “tattoo artists (Solid Oak Sketches) are suing the makers of the highly popular NBA 2K game series for the allegedly unauthorized use of their tattoos as they appear on popular players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin, DeAndre Jordan and others…
In response, Take-Two says (PDF) Solid Oak Sketches is seeking “to hinder the ability to depict people as they appear in real life. Solid Oak is not an aggrieved artist—it is an opportunist.”
A trial is looming, perhaps as early as December, and the game maker is seeking to have the case tossed. A decision by a New York federal judge is expected soon…”
And, if you’re really interested, check out: Take-Two Interactive accused of infringing tattoos in NBA 2K video games