8th Circuit Affirms: Right-Of-Publicity Claim Preempted By Copyright Act
Mealey's (February 26, 2016, 2:13 PM EST) -- ST. LOUIS — A Minnesota federal judge did not err in deeming right-of-publicity claims levied by three former professional football players preempted by the federal Copyright Act, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 26 (John Frederick Dryer, et al. v. The National Football League, No. No. 14-3428, 8th Cir.).
(Decision available. Document #16-160307-015Z.)
According to the appellate panel of Circuit Judges Roger L. Wollman, Kermit E. Bye and Waymond W. Gruender, claims by John Frederick Dyer, Elvin Bethea and Edward White that their...