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EA Sports is mired in multiple lawsuits (including one involving 6,000 former NFL players) regarding the publisher's use of their likenesses in its Madden and NCAA football franchises, but the load got lighter by one today as a judge threw out a lawsuit from former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart.
U.S. district judge Freda Wolfson in New Jersey ruled that EA's right of free expression under the First Amendment outweighs Hart's abilities to control his likeness and its usage. Furthermore, Judge Wolfson says that the ability in NCAA Football to customize Hart's name, abilities, physical attributes, etc. weakens his argument. "The image serves as an art-imitating-life starting point for the game playing experience," she wrote.
Hart is appealing the decision, and his lawyer, Tim McIlwain, told Reuters, "Millions of dollars are being made, and he’s not getting his part of that pot. How is this allowed to happen?"
Earlier this year, a different judge dismissed former Arizona State/Nebraska QB Sam Keller's lawsuit (also related to the use of his likeness) against EA Sports, but despite these legal victories for EA in particular, the issue of collegiate athlete representation and the lack of compensation from the NCAA and its licensing company continues.
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Well, in my opinion it's basically the NCAA's fault for not allowing their players to be compensated. Why fault EA when they are just following the rules?
College teams are being called out for cheating... Now EA?
So he wants money from EA for using his likeness but the NCAA doesn't let college players profit from their playing college sports? Seems pretty cut and dry, I mean if this guy would have won wouldn't it have set a precedent? Like every college ball player since whenever the first NCAA game was made could sue for their likenesses getting used?
Lol this moron is trying to earn some buck over a pixel imatating him; what a total douge