In a legal letter sent in July 2015, Solid Oak's lawyers told the developers that they could pay $819,500 (£567,000) to settle the dispute over the use of the tattoos in the NBA 2K14 and NBA 2K15 games.
Unfortunately for Take-Two and other game developers, the copyright belongs not to the person with the tattoos but to the tattoo artist.
We try to stay on top of the latest celebrity news, and celebrities that get caught, Nobody is perfect. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Orton's tattoo artist, Catherine Alexander, is aiming to sue Take-Two for the representation of Orton's ink in the game.
Tattoos are creative illustrations just like any other piece of art, and they're just as eligible for copyright. A screenshot from NBA 2K16 which shows the detailed tattoos depicted on players, Tattoo studio sues developers for using 'copyrighted' tattoos in game, Read more Tyson's tattooist sues over 'exploitation of his artwork' in film, DIY 'stick-and-poke' tattoos: health professionals warn of risks, Knuckle tattoos: Getting creative with eight characters, People who have tattoos are 'more aggressive' than those who don't, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. In 2016, Take-Two dealt with a similar lawsuit over the tattoos of NBA players LeBron James, Kenyon Martin and Eric Bledsoe that appeared in their “NBA 2K” games.
Tattoo designer Solid Oak Sketches has claimed that 2K Games breached their copyright by depicting players' tattoos in their basketball games, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. However, these kinds of strange cases are a growing problem for companies dealing with tattooed celebrities. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. He believes that video games are an important and oft overlooked medium for telling stories, as well as an excellent medium for having fun.