EA Sports settles college athlete likeness cases

First Published      Last Updated Sep 27 2013 04:45 pm
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Weber likened EA's use of athletes' images in its games to "companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel."

A July appeals court ruling said that EA can't invoke the First Amendment to shield itself from the players' lawsuit. EA had claimed that its games were works of art that deserve freedom-of-expression protection. But the court disagreed, ruling that the characters used in the games were exact replicas of individual players.

The Collegiate Licensing Company is used by college sports programs to sell their licensing rights to manufacturers such as EA.