If it's not one lawsuit against an industry giant, it's one against another. Looks like EA's facing a lawsuit accusing said industry giant of "unlawful" use of the likeness of retired NHL players in Madden 09. The suit was filed by approximately 6000 retired players.
That's an awful lot unhappy American footballers.
The lawsuit alleges that EA "knowingly and intentionally" used the likeness of retired players in a manner that avoided having to deal with licensing and compensation, like simply removing their names and changing their jersey numbers.
"The only significant detail that EA changes from the real-life retired NFL players is their jersey number.
"Despite EA's 'scrambling' of the retired NFL players' numbers, the games are designed so that consumers of the Madden NFL video game franchise will have no difficulty identifying who the 'historic' players are."
The retired players are seeking compensation for "deprivation and violation of publicity rights" from EA, who have yet to comment on the predicament.