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UPDATE ON LAWSUIT OVER RANDY ORTON'S TATTOOS

By Mike Johnson on 2018-08-12 10:45:00

 Tattoo artist Catherine Alexander filed her response to WWE and 2K's attempts to have her lawsuit against them dismissed in the United States District Court of Southern District of Illinois on 8/7. 

As previously reported, Alexander sued several months ago, alleging that all of her tattoo work on Orton are her original designs and that she has never given any of the defendants permission to recreate them in the WWE videogames, therefore they and other defendants have infringed on her copyrights.  Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2K Games, Inc., 2K Sports, Inc., Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yuke’s Co., Ltd. and Yuke’s LA Inc. have also been named defendants in Alexander's lawsuit.

WWE and 2K have argued that the court does not have jurisdiction on them.  In her response, Alexander states that the court does have personal jurisdiction over each entity because they chose specifically to aim their alleged infringement of her copyrighted work directly in the State of Illinois and because when previously contacted, WWE offered her a payment of $450 for the rights.  

Alexander's response included copies of six copyright applications related to assorted designs she had tattooed Orton with, dated March 2018.

The court has ordered that all discovery in the case be completed by 1/7.  A settlement conference has been set for 4/16.

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