Found August 05, 2013 on The Juicy Online:

The lawyers for EA Sports did everything they could to convince a judge that their NCAA sport franchise games were works of art and that they should be protected by the 1st amendment, but failed.According to a report, a California judge ruled in favor of the players allowing them to continue with their class action lawsuit against the company for unfairly using likenesses without paying them. EA Sports argued that the avatars used in their basketball and football games did not specifically represent individual players.Judge Jay Bybee, one of the three-panel judges, stated the following in the ruling:Every real football player on each team included in the game has a corresponding avatar in the game with the player's actual jersey number and virtually identical height, weight, build, skin tone, hair color, and home state.     A few weeks ago, the NCAA announced that it wouldn't renew its contract with the video game maker, which many feel is because of the likeness lawsuits. The ruling also favors Sam Keller lawsuit and Ed O'Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA.

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