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Tattoos

Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Courtside questions: Is it fair or foul to show a player’s tattoo in a video game? LeBron James is a talented individual: three-time NBA Champion; 13-time NBA All-Star. And he gave a more than respectable performance playing...more

Tattoo U: What Can Employers Do About Offensive Body Art?

by Fisher Phillips on

A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal. - The Philadelphia Police Department is now enforcing its first-ever tattoo policy forbidding on-duty...more

To tattoo or not to tattoo, that is the question

by Dentons on

A recent survey reported on by ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) revealed that young people believe their chance of success in an interview could be affected by their tattoos. This is despite recent...more

Tattoo Infringement Case Against NBA 2K Game Publisher Shows Misunderstanding of Applicability of Statutory Damages

by Weintraub Tobin on

This isn’t just another tattoo-copyright infringement case. This case raises an important lesson for all copyright claimants. The backstory: Solid Oak is a licensing firm that represents the go to tattoo artists for...more

The Ink Isn’t Dry

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

What rights based in copyright law does a tattoo artist have in a tattoo itself, and to what extent can an artist use those rights to restrict the rights of others, including the people whose skin has been inked?...more

Is LeBron James a “Medium of Expression” under the Copyright Act?  We May Soon Find Out.

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Many professional athletes these days—particularly those in the National Basketball Association—have their bodies bedecked with all sorts of tattoos. It’s a trend that has steadily caught fire over the last several years...more

Employment Law 101: Religious Discrimination

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Who does it apply to: The law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. What is the issue: Title VII was passed in the 1960s to protect against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin....more

Three Point Shot

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Sports and Hollywood have long been inextricably linked – many athletes want to be and even become actors, countless actors have lived out their athletic fantasies on the silver screen, and it is no secret that athletes and...more

Could Having a Tattoo Result in a Lawsuit?

As football season approaches, it is not surprising that star quarterbacks such as San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick are making the news. I read an article in Forbes magazine about “Questions Concerning Copyright of Athlete...more

THQ Goes Down

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

As 2012 winds down and we all recover from what I’m sure was a wonderful Festivus celebration (I know I’m still feeling the effects of a particularly bloody Feats of Strength and an overly ambitious Airing of Grievances...more

Worshiping at the altar of ink: Tattoos and religious discrimination in the workplace

by Lane Powell PC on

Most employers rely upon their employees to project a certain image to the public. In an effort to control their company’s image, employers may institute appearance policies that set forth grooming and dress standards. These...more

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