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WWE will have to wait longer to fight claims over using Randy Orton’s tattoo design in a video game


Tattoo artist Catherine Alexander brought forward a lawsuit against WWE, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2K Games, Inc., 2K Sports, Inc., Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yuke’s Co., Ltd., and Yuke’s LA Inc several years ago.

According to court documents obtained by Pwinsider.com, it was ruled on Thursday by the U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois that the trial for the lawsuit will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alexander claims that since she did tattoo work for Randy Orton that was originally used for faux sleeves and later portrayed in a video game, she should receive money from those consumer products.

An Illinois federal judge issued a partial summary judgment in October 2020 that WWE and 2K Games had copied her work.

Originally, the trial was set to start in February 2021 then June and the most recent trial date was September 20th. It’s unclear when the trial will start now.

When the trial does start, the court will decide whether the defendants had the right to use the work in the game as a copyright fair use or if Alexander has grounds to receive money for her work being used.