Think before you Ink – Celebrities could face being sued over their tattoos

Sunday evening will see the San Francisco 49ers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars here in England at Wembley Stadium. The 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is nearly as famous for his distinctive tattoos as he is for reaching last year’s Super Bowl. However, Kaepernick could find himself in hot water following lawsuits that are being filed in America surrounding intellectual property rights and tattoo artists.

In America in late 2012 tattoo artist Chris Escobedo sued THQ, the creators of the computer game ‘UFC Undisputed’, for copyright infringement. In summary, in 2009 Escobedo inked a large tattoo of a lion into the ribcage of mixed martial arts fighter Carlos Condit. He then filed a claim when the fighter and his lion tattoo were digitally recreated in 2012 to appear in the UFC Undisputed computer game. Escobedo claimed that THQ did not have his prior permission to recreate the lion tattoo. Escobedo was ultimately awarded $22,500 which incidentally was the same figure that Condit was paid to feature in the game.
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TV Catchup Caught Out: High Court bans TV Catchup from streaming content over mobile networks

Are you one of the 10 million active users of TV Catchup? Do you have the mobile app installed on your smartphone? Following a successful High Court challenge by three of the UK’s biggest broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 (“the Broadcasters”), the TV Catchup service has been forced to alter the services it provides.

The TV Catchup business model involves the relay of free-to-air TV channels to computers and mobile devices. The service is free to use, but limited to those persons who can access the internet in the UK and who hold a valid TV licence. As of April 2009, the site has been using stringent IP monitoring facilities to detect and block access from many proxy servers, to ensure that users are situated within the UK.
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Asians Can Play Football – Nearly another decade on!

“The Asian build is not that of a footballer…it may well be Asian ingredients in food, or the nutrition they intake, [but it is] not ideal for building up a physical frame” (the then Sheffield Utd manager Dave Basset, BBC TV 1995)

The quote above sparked a report published in 1996 by Jas Bains and Raj Patel titled ‘Asians Can’t Play Football’ which was seen as an important breakthrough in reflecting both the frustrations and the aspirations of a section of the British community that seemed to be largely alienated by a sport they were so passionate about.
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Check The Fine Print: Russian bank customer writes his own Ts&Cs!

Are you sick of junk mail through your letterbox, spam in your email inbox and salespeople armed with clipboards harassing you in the street all wanting you to sign up to a new credit card?

Over in Russia a gentleman named Dmitry Agarkov was particularly unhappy with yet another unsolicited offer of credit. Mr Agarkov was so appalled upon reading the small print that the real interest rate was 45 per cent, despite the bank’s advertisement offering a rate of 12.9 per cent.
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Banging Heads Together 3: One rule for one, another for everybody else

Our previous two articles have touched on the dangers that CTE poses and where the liability could lie with clubs and governing bodies. This final instalment will question where liability on a player vs. player basis could come into play.

If we compare two incidents (one from the professional ranks and one from the amateur) with the same facts the outcomes are very different. Gloucester prop Nick Wood, just 73 seconds into the recent game against Saracens, stamped twice onto the face of Jacques Burger. Wood received a red card and a likely ban of 9 weeks from the RFU’s disciplinary panel. Rhys Garfield playing in the amateur Welsh leagues was jailed for 15 months for stamping on an opponent’s head back in 2006.
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Banging Heads Together 2: CTE, the hidden killer

In our previous blog “Banging Heads Together” we discussed the discovery of the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in a former rugby union player with a further 10 potential cases coming to light.

CTE is a degenerative and incurable disease that compromises neural activity and is linked to memory loss, depression and dementia. The presence of CTE in America Footballers was brought into the headlines following the suicides of at least six NFL players since 2011.
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The Pitfalls of Celebrity Procrastination & The Importance of Having a Will

It is common knowledge that Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley were successful musicians that were taken from the world too young. Perhaps what you didn’t know, that all three had in common, was that all three celebrities (the oldest being Bob Marley at 36) passed away without making a Will.

Surely, given the millions of pounds that these celebrities had made during their short lives you would think that creating a Will to ensure that their millions were left to only their nearest and dearest would be at the forefront of their minds? It appears not.
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Banging Heads Together – Concussion is giving the NFL & RFU a real headache

“The settlement does not represent, and cannot be considered, an admission by the NFL of liability, or an admission that plaintiffs injuries were caused by football.”

This was the press release following the announcement that the National Football League (NFL) would be paying out $765 million to over 4,500 former players following mediation in the Concussion lawsuit. Private discussions took place in front of mediator Layn Phillips last month in the US.
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