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Archive for February 5th, 2010

Biggest Problem Facing College Sports: Not BCS, It’s Video Games

Posted: Friday, Feb 5, 2010 @ 8:26 pm | Written by Trent Merrell | 13 comments
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In May 5, 2009, Sam Keller, a former quarterback at Arizona State and Nebraska University, filed a complaint against Electronic Arts (EA Sports), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) for using his likeness. Keller is bringing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all NCAA athletes for the “blatant and unlawful use” of student-athlete likenesses in video games.

EA Sports has created a long line of profitable games, some of which are based on NCAA sports, including: NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, and NCAA March Madness. For EA Sports games based on professional sports, Electronic Arts bargains with the players’ association for a license to use player names and their likeness. For example, if EA Sports would like to use player names and their likeness on Madden 2010, the NFLPA can, and have, assigned those rights to Electronic Arts for roughly $35 million per year, according to Keller’s complaint. EA pays the NFLPA a fee, the players obtain a royalty through the NFLPA, and their likenesses and names are used in the games. In its repertoire of games based on NCAA sports, EA Sports does not use the athletes’ names nor does it bargain with the NCAA and the CLC to use such. Additionally, EA Sports claims that the player’s likenesses are not being used.



Copyrights Meet Politics: Joe Walsh (Rockstar) v. Joe Walsh (Republican)

Posted: Friday, Feb 5, 2010 @ 2:16 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 10 comments
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Joe Walsh, Republican Candidate for Congress, 8th District IL

Anyone who has spent any time at a political rally or watching video from such a rally on the evening news understands that music and politics go together.  Sometimes they mix well, for example when Bruce Springsteen is playing live for INSERT LIBERAL DEMOCRAT HERE, and sometimes they do not mix very well, almost like oil and water, for example when INSERT REPUBLICAN HERE uses music.  Yes, what I just said was over broad, but not by much.  If you take away certain country music stars who aren’t afraid to be blackballed and are willing to stand up for what they believe, you are left with a statement that is hardly over broad and probably far more descriptive.

My purpose for writing this is not to inflame, although there will likely be some “tolerant” liberals who object vehemently to my voicing such an observation.  Instead, the point is to set the table between what could become an incredibly interesting battle over copyright law and parody.  Joe Walsh (the Rockstar), known perhaps most for his days with the Eagles, is rattling the saber through his attorney, who seems to know little or nothing about copyright law, and is directing his ire at Joe Walsh (the Republican) who is a candidate for Congress in the 8th Congressional District of Illinois.