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Former College Athletes Register Significant Victory in Court Against Electronic Arts Over Video Game Likeness

college football video game lawsuitHere. We. Go. From Reuters:

A divided U.S. federal appeals court ruled against Electronic Arts Inc in a lawsuit by former collegiate athletes who accused the company of using their images in video games without permission.

By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said EA’s use of the likenesses of former college players in its NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball games did not deserve protection as free expression under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Electronic Arts, not surprisingly, plans to appeal.

Baby steps, folks. Baby steps. Somewhere, Ed O’Bannon is fist-pumping the way he did in 1995 when the Bruins won the title.

The days of everyone profiting but the college athletes are slowly but surely coming to an end.

This would be a good time to fire up my podcast this week with ESPN’s Jay Bilas. Fast-forward to the final 10 minutes, where this topic is tangentially covered. [Reuters via Bryan Fischer]

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