Video Game Law Blog

February 02, 2006

TToday in Chicago, Mike Sigel (a famous pool player) sued Interplay Entertainment and Celeris Inc. for using his name and likeness in Virtual Pool 2 without his permission. The game apparently includes clips of Sigel and uses his name on packaging and marketing materials. 

We're looking forward to hearing the publisher's response to this lawsuit. Is this a case like Mirra vs. Acclaim, where famous BMX rider Dave Mirra gave Acclaim permission to use his name and likeness, but the publisher went beyond the permission by using it on an XXX-rated game? Or did the publisher here just simply use Sigel's name and image without any prior permission? 
Coverage at  http://www.shorl.com/fufraprehabiru