Did Epic steal the likeness of Lenwood "Hard Rock" Hamilton in the creation of Augustus "Cole Train" Cole for the Gears of War franchise? If they did, why did multiple courts tell them it's okay?
The Supreme Court may just wind up considering the issue and all the ramifications it has for video games, rights of publicity and likeness, movies, content creation, YouTube, reaction videos, copyright, fair use and more.
You can't copyright your face, but that's not the end of the conversation...in Virtual Legality.
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Discussed in this episode:
"The Supreme Court requested a response late last week in this case."
Tweet - March 22, 2021 - Eriq Gardner
"Video game characters and veterans’ benefits"
SCOTUS Blog - March 19, 2021
"Hamilton v. Speight"
3d Cir. Sep. 17, 2020
Petition for a Writ of Certiorari
Hamilton v Speight
https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/20/20-1123/168849/20210212104438893_Hamilton Cert Petition.pdf
"Opposing Certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court"
Mayer Brown Website (From ABA Litigation Manual)
"Legal Myth Busting: No One (inc. Suzy Lu) Can Copyright Their Face (VL231)"
YouTube Video - May 21, 2020 - Hoeg Law
"The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices: Chapter 300"
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