Lion Tattoo Copyright Lawsuit Continues
If you are wondering about last year’s copyright infringement lawsuit by a tattoo artist against a video game company, here’s a quick recap. Of note is this following gem,
Even though there haven’t been any stories of big legal victories by tattoo artists, there’s enough anxiety to keep lawyers imagining the possibilities, and to provoke the NFL Players Association to call it a “pressing issue” and advise its members to get copyright waivers or licenses from their tattoo artists.
I’m still wondering why this is such a big issue. As I’ve said before, if a video game included the image of a painting by Andy Warhol, I’m pretty sure the video game company’s in-house counsel would make sure to get clearance on that Warhol painting. Why is a tattoo on a person’s body different? I know law profs love to theorize about this kind of thing, but it’s precisely that kind of intellectual flamboyancy that leads to lawsuits. Unless it’s fair use, clear the rights.