The lawsuit filed over Randy Orton’s tattoos in the WWE 2K20 video game seems nowhere close to finding its conclusion and the jury has given a new trial date. According to reports, the new trial date is slated on June 1, 2020 at 9 AM instead of the previous date which was slated on April 27, 2020. The lawsuit was filed by Randy Orton’s tattoo artist Catherine Alexander and she charged WWE with copyright infringement of her work.
According to Catherine Alexander, she did thee tattoo work on ‘The Viper’ between 2003 and 2008. She further claimed that all the applications to copyright the ink designs were submitted in March 2018 before filing the lawsuit on April of that same year. Alexander further added that the inked designs on Randy Orton’s body are her original works and she never gave WWE the permission to duplicate or reproduce those tattoos in WWE 2K game.
According to reports, WWE offered $450 to tattoo artist Catherine Alexander when she contacted WWE about material featuring Orton’s tattoos being sold in 2009. However, Catherine turned down the offer and didn’t want WWE to reproduce her designs. There have been a lot of attempts in settling down the matter but nothing came out fruitful for WWE and tattoo designer Catherine Alexander. The trial was pushed back originally to 2020 after the original presiding judge retired.
It is good news for The Viper's fans that Randy Orton is not a defendant in the lawsuit and he won’t be facing any legal trauma. The copyright infringement filed by Catherine Alexander goes against WWE, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2K Games, Inc., 2K Sports, Inc., Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yuke’s Co., Ltd. And Yuke’s LA Inc. However, Catherine has taken a dig at Randy Orton too and claimed that Orton doesn't have the ownership of the designs inked over his body.
“Mr Orton does not have ownership in the copyrights asserted herein and has no authority to and did not grant permission for Defendants to commit the acts complained of in this Complaint.” Said Catherine Alexander.