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By Richard Gearhart
Founding Partner

LeBron James’ Tattoo Drama: Who Owns the Copyright?

In this segment of “IP in the News,” we dive into the fascinating legal battle over LeBron James’ tattoo and its appearance in a popular video game. When tattoo artist Jimmy Hayden’s creation was digitally replicated on LeBron’s in-game likeness, a dispute erupted over copyright and ownership. Join us as we explore the court’s decision, the implications for artists and celebrities, and the broader impact of intellectual property rights in the age of digital media. We discuss the complexities of who truly owns a work of art once it’s inked onto a superstar.

Richard Gearhart and Elizabeth Gearhart, co-hosts of The Passage to Profit Show have this discussion with Justin Cooke from Empire Flippers and Webstreet, Mike Chesne from Tecton and Natalie Noel from NOËL Family Distillery.

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About the Author
Richard Gearhart, Esq. is the founder of Gearhart Law and the host of a weekly radio show for entrepreneurs called “Passage to Profit”. He has built a firm with an international presence that helps entrepreneurs from around the world with their patent, trademark and copyright needs. Richard commands a breadth of experience that comes from nearly 30 years of practice in the writing and prosecution of hundreds of patents, and in all aspects of Intellectual Property law. In 2022, Richard was recognized by ROI New Jersey as a 2022 ROI Influencer in the Law List category for being one of the best of the best in New Jersey for intellectual property law. Gearhart Law emerged from Richard’s passion for entrepreneurship and startups and his belief that entrepreneurship grows the economy and creates jobs. When we started Gearhart Law, our goal was to help and support the new business ventures of 500 entrepreneurs and inventors. After 12 years, the firm has far surpassed this goal; today, we look forward to helping even more inventors and entrepreneurs get off to a great start and reach their own goals.