WWE will face trial after a long-running dispute with Catherine Alexander over a 2009 Randy Orton tattoo.
The Hollywood report has a story about how Alexander first heard a rumor that WWE would launch a new consumer product, artificial sleeves. They were for fans who wanted to introduce themselves as their favorite wrestler, as there was a tattoo on their sleeves.
At that time, she contacted WWE and told them that she was Orton’s tattoo artist and was ready to negotiate any reproductions of her work. She claims that the person she spoke to told her that there were no grounds for the matter.
A federal judge from Illinois issued a partially summary ruling stating that WWE and Take-Two Interactive Software, the publisher of the WWE 2K video game series, did indeed copy her work.
Now in a lawsuit, the jury will find out if it was a copyright infringement or not. According to court documents, Orton said he understood that the tattoos were for personal use and was never told he needed permission to make them visible.
This process will also determine whether the defendants̵
The judge said: “Alexander claims that she created the tattoos in order to show them on Orton’s body and that the defendants used the tattoos for the same purpose; to show them on Orton’s body in video games. Alexander also disputes the defendants’ characteristics of the size of the tattoos and maintains that they are visible and clearly visible in video games. These are substantial factual disputes. “
You can view the full report and view court documents here.