WWE has suffered a blow in the courtroom after the company as well as several others lost a long-standing lawsuit involving Randy Orton.
In April 2018 tattoo artist Catherine Alexander brought legal action against World Wrestling Entertainment, Take-Two Interactive Software, 2K Games, Inc., 2K Sports, Inc., Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yuke’s Co., Ltd., and Yuke’s LA.
Alexander alleges that she alone owns the copyrights to designs she tattooed onto Randy Orton across a number of years as they were her original designs. The suit claims that the defendants infringed upon these rights as she never gave permission for the designs to be recreated in WWE-licensed video games.
In the lawsuit Alexander explains that the work was completed between 2003 and 2008, adding that it is “easily recognized by his fans and members of the public.” It is alleged that she contacted WWE in 2009 regarding the issue and was offered $450 for her rights to the designs. Alexander turned the offer down.
Now PWInsider has reported that the jury in the trial has now found in favour of Catherine Alexander. The jury took less than three and a half hours to come to their verdict although it remains unknown how much in damages the companies involved will be liable to pay or if WWE and their associated corporations will launch an appeal.