Tattle Tales: Tattoos, Copyrights, and Protection

When: January 23, 2018 at 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST - This event has passed

Tattle Tales: Tattoos, Copyrights, and Protection 




Over the past decade, tattoo artists have brought lawsuits claiming that the use of their tattoos in television commercials, motion pictures, video games and restaurant chains violated their copyrights.  Recently, the rights-holder of tattoos adorning LeBron James and other NBA stars sued a videogame publisher alleging that the depiction of their tattoos on the players’ avatars in a videogame constitutes copyright infringement.  In response, the publisher filed a motion claiming that its use of the tattoos was de miminis and constitutes fair use.  Are they right?  Come talk about it and other fascinating issues over lunch!



Yolanda M. King. Professor King is Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University College of Law. Professor King teaches property, intellectual property law related courses, and entertainment law.  Professor King has published numerous articles about the legal issues arising from tattoos, including The Right of Publicity Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, 16 Nev. L.J. 441 (2016); The Enforcement Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, 22 J. Intell. Prop. L. 29 (2014); and The Challenges Facing Copyright Protection for Tattoos, 92 Or. L. Rev. 129 (2013).  Her upcoming book chapter is Pushing the Body Beyond its Limits: Copyright Protection of Body Art, in Non-Conventional Copyright (Edward Elgar Publishing, Enrico Bonadio and Nicola Lucchi eds, forthcoming 2018).



Chicago Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee

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