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    Jim Brown sues video game makers

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    Posted: Friday August 01, 2008 05:26AM ET

    Football great Jim Brown is throwing a stiff-arm at a video game maker for using his image without permission. The Cleveland Browns legend has sued Electronic Arts and Sony - the makers of the popular "Madden" football series - of casting him in video games as the "muscular African American player wearing the number 32" on the "All Browns Team." Brown wore No. 32 in an NFL career that stretched from 1957 to 1965 and earned him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "To Brown's knowledge, [Sony and Electronic Arts] are not now, nor have they ever been, authorized to make any use of his trademark as the All-Time Great Cleveland Browns running back," the suit says. The complaint, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeks unspecified damages and a court order to stop his likeness from being used in the games. Brown contends he never signed away the rights to the use of his image that would allow it to appear in the video game. "When Jim Brown played football, the NFL had a leaguewide policy that players shall have no lawyers or agents when negotiating compensation," the suit says. "Video games were not invented yet."
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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    I thought thats why they changed the numbers on the Historic teams in Madden... for example, when I'm the '98 Vikings, Moss is always #2 and Cris Carter is #81...

    Maybe that's just PS2.
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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    What a loser.
    Who gives a crap if you are in the game or not.
    You are not mentioned by name and allow the people a little entertainment would ya?
    It's not like you where put on GTA IV.

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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    What a loser.
    Who gives a crap if you are in the game or not.
    You are not mentioned by name and allow the people a little entertainment would ya?
    It's not like you where put on GTA IV.
    Wait it just dawned on me....He most likely is running out of cash flow
    :P

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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    EA and Sony should have known better.
    Seriously!

    All they would have had to do is change the number like the above comments about Moss and Carter having the wrong numbers.

    LOL, Brown probably would have still tried for the money anyways on the likeness.

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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    "Json" wrote:
    What a loser.
    Who gives a crap if you are in the game or not.
    You are not mentioned by name and allow the people a little entertainment would ya?
    It's not like you where put on GTA IV.
    Wait it just dawned on me....He most likely is running out of cash flow
    :P
    Of course it's about money, but that doesn't make him wrong.
    The law protects people's rights of publicity.
    Who should be able to make money off of Jim Brown's fame?
    EA? or Jim Brown?

    I'm sure the case is going to depend heavily on the exact wording of whatever statute Brown is suing under.
    I don't know if he'll win or not, but without looking at the statute I think he's probably got a decent case.
    I know his name isn't used, but a video game rendition of the guy in the old Browns uniform with his number on an all-time Browns team would be easily recognized by basically any fan playing the game.
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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    "Overlord" wrote:
    "Json" wrote:
    What a loser.
    Who gives a crap if you are in the game or not.
    You are not mentioned by name and allow the people a little entertainment would ya?
    It's not like you where put on GTA IV.
    Wait it just dawned on me....He most likely is running out of cash flow
    :P
    Of course it's about money, but that doesn't make him wrong.
    The law protects people's rights of publicity.
    Who should be able to make money off of Jim Brown's fame?
    EA? or Jim Brown?

    I'm sure the case is going to depend heavily on the exact wording of whatever statute Brown is suing under.
    I don't know if he'll win or not, but without looking at the statute I think he's probably got a decent case.
    I know his name isn't used, but a video game rendition of the guy in the old Browns uniform with his number on an all-time Browns team would be easily recognized by basically any fan playing the game.
    Jim Brown gets a pension check from the NFL.
    They should have made him sign off before sending a check.
    This is a video game.
    It's not like the makers would have paid him more than a couple hundred bucks anyway, for his likeness.

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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    "Overlord" wrote:
    "Json" wrote:
    What a loser.
    Who gives a crap if you are in the game or not.
    You are not mentioned by name and allow the people a little entertainment would ya?
    It's not like you where put on GTA IV.
    Wait it just dawned on me....He most likely is running out of cash flow
    :P
    Of course it's about money, but that doesn't make him wrong.
    The law protects people's rights of publicity.
    Who should be able to make money off of Jim Brown's fame?
    EA? or Jim Brown?

    I'm sure the case is going to depend heavily on the exact wording of whatever statute Brown is suing under.
    I don't know if he'll win or not, but without looking at the statute I think he's probably got a decent case.
    I know his name isn't used, but a video game rendition of the guy in the old Browns uniform with his number on an all-time Browns team would be easily recognized by basically any fan playing the game.
    Exactly.

    Do any of you question who these player are on the Madden All-Time Vikings roster?

    QB - #10

    RB - #44

    DL - #93 or #88 or #70

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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    "Zeus" wrote:
    "Overlord" wrote:
    "Json" wrote:
    What a loser.
    Who gives a crap if you are in the game or not.
    You are not mentioned by name and allow the people a little entertainment would ya?
    It's not like you where put on GTA IV.
    Wait it just dawned on me....He most likely is running out of cash flow
    :P
    Of course it's about money, but that doesn't make him wrong.
    The law protects people's rights of publicity.
    Who should be able to make money off of Jim Brown's fame?
    EA? or Jim Brown?

    I'm sure the case is going to depend heavily on the exact wording of whatever statute Brown is suing under.
    I don't know if he'll win or not, but without looking at the statute I think he's probably got a decent case.
    I know his name isn't used, but a video game rendition of the guy in the old Browns uniform with his number on an all-time Browns team would be easily recognized by basically any fan playing the game.
    Exactly.

    Do any of you question who these player are on the Madden All-Time Vikings roster?

    QB - #10

    RB - #44

    DL - #93 or #88 or #70

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    Keep in mind most of the people playing Madden are under 20 years old.
    The majority have probably never heard of Jim Brown and wouldn't recognize him even if his jersey said "Brown" on the back.

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    Re: Jim Brown sues video game makers

    "BloodyHorns82" wrote:
    "Zeus" wrote:
    "Overlord" wrote:
    "Json" wrote:
    What a loser.
    Who gives a crap if you are in the game or not.
    You are not mentioned by name and allow the people a little entertainment would ya?
    It's not like you where put on GTA IV.
    Wait it just dawned on me....He most likely is running out of cash flow
    :P
    Of course it's about money, but that doesn't make him wrong.
    The law protects people's rights of publicity.
    Who should be able to make money off of Jim Brown's fame?
    EA? or Jim Brown?

    I'm sure the case is going to depend heavily on the exact wording of whatever statute Brown is suing under.
    I don't know if he'll win or not, but without looking at the statute I think he's probably got a decent case.
    I know his name isn't used, but a video game rendition of the guy in the old Browns uniform with his number on an all-time Browns team would be easily recognized by basically any fan playing the game.
    Exactly.

    Do any of you question who these player are on the Madden All-Time Vikings roster?

    QB - #10

    RB - #44

    DL - #93 or #88 or #70
    Keep in mind most of the people playing Madden are under 20 years old.
    The majority have probably never heard of Jim Brown and wouldn't recognize him even if his jersey said "Brown" on the back.
    LOL - any how many of those are going to play the All-Time Browns team?

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