Randy Orton has some nice ink that has appeared in video games. The problem is that they didn’t get permission and his tattoo artist took this issue to court. Now we have another update in that case.
PW Insider reports that a new trial date has been given to tattoo artist Catherine Alexander against WWE, Take-Two Interactive Software, 2K Games, 2K Sports, Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yuke’s Co., Ltd. and Yuke’s LA Inc. The new trial date is June 1st, 2020.
It is alleged that her tattoo artwork was used without granting permission to recreate them in the video game world. That being said, it is said that they have infringed on her copyright.
The lawsuit was filed in April 2018 and Anderson said that she put the ink on Orton between 2003 and 2008. It is noted in the lawsuit that the tattoos “are easily recognized by his fans and members of the public.”
She also registered trademarks on each design on March 15th, 2018. She also alleges that she had previously contacted WWE regarding material that featured Orton and his tattoos in 2009 and they offered her $450 for the designs
It is said that Orton’s tattoo artist “told WWE that Plaintiff did not grant any permission to WWE to copy, duplicate or otherwise use or reproduce any of Plaintiff’s designs.”
We’ll have to see where this one leads, but it appears the story of Randy Orton and the controversy surrounding his tattoos will continue.