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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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I guess he needs the money if he's suing them for something like that.
"Escobedo says he would not have offered permission had THQ reached out to him"
What an ass. Next thing you know the company that makes the light bulbs is going to sue THQ because they look like the ones they make.
This is an interesting suit from someone in an industry that is literally dominated by people who copy licensed art from movies, tv and video games onto other people's bodies. Maybe this guy has never tattooed a Betty Boop on somebody, but numerous tattoo artists have and this would create a horrendous precedent if the plaintiff wins.
THQ's lawyers are laughing at this. The comments below have enough beef to get rid of this 'artist'.
I hope the courts somehow see that the guy who has the tattoo on his body kinda owns what's on his body and that THQ shouldn't have to get permission from every tattoo artists to do their work...
I don't really know the laws on this one, but hopefully they aren't borked.
I've got to think that a tattoo artist automatically gives permission for reproduction of there art if its shown as part of the person its on. As its now part of that persons own copy right to their own likeness. So unless THQ shows the tattoo separately off the character I expect they'll be fine.
Oh my word, I thought I've heard it all but this takes the F***ing cake! This F***ing Loser obviously is a ***! Tattoos are copied from just about anything. There is no way in hell that this F***ing bumb A** Loser is going to win. The fighters are licensed in the game and when you make a game with real people in how they look in real life then, it wouldn't be real if the tattoo wasn't there. F***ing Loser what a moron give me a break. This sh** right here is absolutely ridiculous. This tattoo artist obviously isn't that good if he is trying to sue them for this. If he wins and makes millions then god help America and he world, for it is truly sad that F***ing Losers like this rule the world while we have real lawsuits that never get settled. Sorry but jeez get a life, rarely do tattoo artist ever make the design up themselves in there head, most of the time it's the customers idea before ever walking in to a artist workplace. This guy should loose his business for even attemting to sue for this, D*** losers!
*Sigh* here we go again... Why not just see it as some free publicity?
That's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. I'm sure THQ got the rights to use the likeness of Condit, which includes any tattoos.
Maybe this guy should have considered a different career. You can't claim ownership on something that you carved into another person. Then you want to complain when it's shown? Did the guy know Condit was a UFC fighter? Because at this point, so many people have already seen that tattoo, that THQ is the least of his problems.
Did c.m punk get sued because he has a Pepsi tattoo?
Poor THQ, just keeps getting worse for them.
tattoo artists are like graffiti artists they have a book to keep the designs in and if the guys still has that and proof he made it he could win
This and Patent lawsuits are the reason why I think we should get rid of the Civil court systems, too many frivilous lawsuits get filed and too much of our Tax Payer's money is going to fight them. What a waste. Good, I hope you destroy this jerk THQ until he has nothing. If I were the artist I'd be thrilled as hell that my work will get that much more exposure. What were they supposed to do? Put a sideways version of the Tattoo on the character or remove it and have to get angry emails from fans? Then explain to the fan that the tattoo artist was being a petulant child and wouldn't allow his "art" work to appear in the game.
How many bull-**** lawsuits are pathetic morons like Escobedo going to pull before this kind of thing isn't allowed in court. It's THQ's job to represent fighters in ALL their likeness. To claim rights over a tattoo without any type of contract is absolute stupidity. I hope Mr. Escobedo gets run over by a bus on his way to court. I'd be embarressed if I were him.