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Tattoo artist Chris Escobedo is suing THQ over the unlicensed use of a tattoo that appears on fighter Carlos Condit in the UFC Undisputed 3. Escobedo is the owner of Elite Tattoo in Arizona, and he created the tattoo that appears on Condit's side.
Polygon reports that the tattoo in question is an original creation by Escobedo, and THQ did not request permission for the tattoo's appearance in the game. Escobedo says he would not have offered permission had THQ reached out to him. According to Escobedo's lawyer, tattoo artists have full creative rights in regard to their work.
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Doesn't it seem logical that once you place your art on the side of a fighter who's profession is to be shirtless constantly, that you would know that your design is going to be used? Plus, when do you think the creators of the game, with enough on their hands already, are going to stop and say "Hey! Did anyone contact all the tattoo artists for permission?! Get on that immediately!"
I am pretty sure the dude who's body it is on has full rights to it. He paid you for the art, he now owns the art.
what a ***
This is ridiculous. If the judge has any brains he'll look it over carefully and throw it out.
Im... pretty sure that once you tattoo someone, its part of them, and they dictate what they want to do with it and the tattoo artist gets to have his work shown. its advertising. FREE advertising.