THQ is being sued for copyright infringement by an Arizona tattoo artist claiming that the reproduction of a fighter tattoo in UFC Undisputed 3 violates the artist's rights, according to a recent press release.
Chris Escobedo, owner of Elite Tattoo, claims that the lion tattooed on welterweight fighter Carlos Condit's side was an original creation. The tattoo was allegedly re-created by THQ animators without Escobedo's permission.
"I would not have agreed to the recreation of the tattoo by an animator," Escobedo said. Were THQ to attempt to license the tattoo, Escobedo would at least expect approval rights and compensation. According to Escobedo's lawyer, tattoo artists have full rights to their work, unless a written contract specifies otherwise.
A similar case suggests that Escobedo's claims do carry merit and a chance for success. The Hangover 2 featured Mike Tyson's facial tattoo on one of the movie's main characters, sparking a lawsuit from the tattoo artist responsible. Although the case was settled for an undisclosed amount, A California District Court judge suggested that a win was likely.
UFC Undisputed 3 released in Feburary for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.