NBA 2K16 creators sued for using copyrighted tattoos in game

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

Solid Oak Sketches, the company that owns the rights to tattoos on NBA players, has filed a lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive and Visual Concepts, the creators of popular videogame NBA 2K16, reports Darren Rovell of ESPN.

In the lawsuit filed on Monday, Solid Oak Sketches claims that the game makers were not given permission to depict the copyrighted tattoos on players.

Tattoos on LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, and Kenyon Martin have all been cited by the company.

Solid Oak Sketches offered to license the tattoos to Take-Two for $1.1 million, but negotiation discussions were later terminated. The tattoo company reportedly acquired rights to all of the tattoos in question last year.

The company is reportedly seeking $150,000 per infringement. 

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