Solid Oak Sketches is claiming copyright ownership of the tattoos on the in-game versions of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
The claim also raises the fact that the tattoo company reached out to Take Two with an offer to allow them to license their art work as either a one-time or ongoing basis but an agreement was not reached.
This isn’t the first time a tattoo has gotten a game developer into legal trouble. Previously tattoo artist Victor Escobedo files a suit against THQ in 2012 alleging that his work on fighter Carlos Condit was used without his approval. The tattoo in that case appeared in UFC Undisputed 3. Condit won the case and was awarded $22,500.
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