IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update For Motion Picture Studios And Television Networks - September 14, 2011


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•Hart v. Electronic Arts, Inc.

Hart v. Electronic Arts, Inc., USDC District of New Jersey, September 9, 2011

District court dismisses former college football player’s right of publicity suit against videogame maker, finding defendant’s use of athletes’ likenesses and attributes entitled to protection under the First Amendment.

Plaintiff, a former quarterback for the Rutgers University football team, sued Electronic Arts (EA) on behalf of all similarly situated athletes, alleging that the videogame maker violated their publicity rights under New Jersey law. EA moved to dismiss or, in the alternative, for summary judgment. The court granted summary judgment in favor of EA, finding that its use of athletes’ likenesses and attributes was entitled to First Amendment protection.

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