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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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This guy really doesn't have much to go on here. It'd be different if he trademarked that art. It's like CM Punk of the WWE, in WWE games...he never sports the Pepsi logo in the game because obviously, Pepsi had that trade marked.
THQ just can't catch a break.
I have done freelance sketches for tattoo shops in my area and I'm with the artist on this one. Legally he owns the rights to the design not the work itself as the work is property of the person with the tattoo. Since THQ recreated his work in a fashion that excludes him fro credit for the design he has every right to sue. Tattoo artists should at least be credited in the game if their work is recreated and used in the final retail of a game.
This article is misleading.
At the top, it is labeled as "news".
Good for him. As far as i'm concerned that's theft
That looks nothing like Condit lol
This is the silliest lawsuit I've seen in a while.
Also remember what happened with The Hangover 2 and the guy who designed Tyson's Tattoo?? Same thing
Hah! Weird. . .
That's dumb. Sure it's art, but it's on a person. Does the tattoo artist also own part of the guy's torso because he drew on it?
As if THQ isn't in a financial bind already...He has already been compensated for his artwork when the person that got the tattoo paid him...you don't hear Stone Cold Steve Austin suing Sony Santa Monica Studios over Kratos's likeness of his bald head...wake up please!!! It's not like people bought the game because of the tattoo...
Hmmm, seems like a bit of a stretch.
That sucks for THQ.