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The image on his skin

basketball player LeBron James, a Superstar in the American professional League NBA is tattooed. "My tattoos are part of my personality and my identity," he says. On the right forearm of a 34-Year-old, for example, bears the number "330", the zip code of his hometown of Akron, Ohio. On the right upper arm and his mother's Name is immortalized Gloria. On his back Chosen 1", the Chosen one." A sports fans like to told joke is that he wore this Tattoo already at birth.

according to Various estimates, between 55 and 70 percent of the NBA are tattooed player. In the total American population, there are between 30 and 45 percent. According to the United States Copyright Office the Copyright for any creative Illustration with the author, close tattoos, a with. The New York Times has now raised the question of whether or not it means that the skin images, though they are often very personal, belong to their makers.

the tattooed have of course the right to show the pictures on her skin in Public, which is also true for television or for print products of all kinds. But if the Tattoos will also be recreated digitally, such as in a video game, in which, for example, an Avatar of LeBron appearance to James, could look like the thing very differently.

The lawyer, Michael Kahn, who represents, among other things, the Designer of the famous facial tattoos of the former boxer Mike Tyson, argued that a character in a video game, a Cartoon Version of the original, what is the legal situation change. Video games are becoming more realistic, and also the Tattoos of the protagonists. In the United States, several proceedings are pending in which the issue whether the Copyright rights of tattoo artists to be hurt. It comes to money.

Messi's Tattoos in "Fifa 18"

Also Europe could be affected. In the soccer game "Fifa 18" are about to see the many tattoos of Lionel Messi (31), which carries, among other things, a portrait of Jesus on the right Arm. A request of the "Times" of what it could mean for the future, let the manufacturer Electronic Arts to be answered.

one of the most famous footballers in the world, no problems arise in this respect: The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo has not a single tattoo. His reasoning: He'll go to regularly donate blood.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 06.01.2019, 22:48 PM

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