League of Legends skin based on soccer player Edgar Davids is going to cost Riot money

    
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Oh, I see it.

See the charming dark-skinned gent in the header image? That’s the Striker Lucian skin in League of Legends. It also strongly resembles the kit, hairstyle, and distinctive eyewear of Edgar Davids, a retired soccer player who was pretty good at the game and wore a similar kit at the time of the skin’s introduction. And now that skin is going to cost Riot Games some money because a Dutch court has ruled that the skin infringes upon Davids’ personal rights.

The resemblance was, of course, intentional; Riot’s core argument was that players would recognize the character as Lucian first and foremost, but the court ultimately decided that it’s close enough to Davids’ likeness that he’s still entitled to compensation. So however much money the skin has made in the Netherlands, a percentage of that will go to Davids. Good news for Davids, bad news for Riot, neutral news for whoever has no deep investment in soccer.

Source: Het Parool via Kotaku
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BalsBigBrother

Wait that dwarf with the purple mohawk looks exactly like me. Where do I sign up for the sweet Riot monies ?

:p

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miol

Ok, now I just wish your purple mohawk should meet Uta’s pink pigtails one day! ;P

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BalsBigBrother

Oh gosh … *giggle snort*

*wipes coffee off keyboard*

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miol

XD

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miol

Oh the irony!

Riot Games files a lawsuit against the developer of an alleged League of Legends clone

Riot’s core argument was that players would recognize the character as Lucian first and foremost

Did Shanghai Moontown Technology also argued like that? ;P

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Cypher

As someone with a deep investment in ‘FOOTBALL’ this is… pretty meh news :-p

Davids, while considered a legend of the game, like all football stars are really protective of their image rights, and they have to be since EA pay them so much to use them in their golden goose flagship sports game. Pretty silly move from riot imo, this was always going to happen… though since the star in question is known globally, surprised he’s only due revenue from Dutch sales…

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Armsbend

He should get more than revenue – since they used it without permission.

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Ahelms Tub

What else would he get, besides revenue?

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Armsbend

I’m not an attorney but you’d think if they used his likeness without permission he could bang them for it above his normal fees.

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He should get more than he is asking for.

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Sorenthaz

My guess is that it was taken to court in the Netherlands, hence why it only applies there because that’s where the guy lives.