It’s never good to mix legal issues with video games. Recently we saw what happened to THQ and Adidas , which fortunately had a solution out of court. But EA may not run with the same fate.
This time, 6,000 retired NFL players have filed a lawsuit against the company for using his image without consent.
Apparently, the complaint is that NFL 09, EA used the physical description, statistics and even the positions of the players, but they changed the name to avoid paying licensing, or at least that is why the accused.
The retired players also say it is very easy to identify who they are and can be edited to match their real counterparts.
Given this, EA turned to the First Amendment by saying that they could use the likeness of the players without compensation. However, the California court rejected his motion and it is possible that the matter does go to court. Hopefully EA reached an agreement that benefits both parties.