EA Sports case heard in Pasadena courthouse

The Pasadena Star News, with an assist from the Associated Press, reports a three judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will heard arguments in a case revolving around EA Games’ use of college football players’ likenesses in the publisher’s NCAA Football franchise.

A central question the three-judge panel of
the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena was asked to decide in
the case filed by a former college quarterback Sam Keller is whether
such video games are protected as “expressive art” under the First
Amendment.

Keller is seeking compensation from Electronic Arts Inc. and
the NCAA for the use of his image in the “NCAA Football” video game.

Attorneys for Electronic Arts Inc. and the NCAA argued Tuesday
that video games are constitutionally protected as free speech – much
like authors, filmmakers and songwriters use real people in their works.
They are seeking a dismissal of the lawsuit.

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