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NFL Hall-Of-Famer Sues Sony, EA
Posted By: John Manalang - Friday, August 01, 2008 4:48 PM

The great running back, NFL Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown gave Sony and Electronic Arts one hell-of-a pep rally. Yesterday, Brown sued both companies for using his image on the Madden NFL titles (specifically on 2001), apparently without his permission.

With Madden NFL 2009 set to kick off this August 12, Brown said that the companies used his likeness on a player, wearing the same jersey as Brown, featured on the "All Brown's Team" classic lineup in the game. The running back played as number 32 for the Cleveland Browns during his amazing NFL career, but had left the league to pursue acting. Brown has appeared in Hollywood movies such as The Dirty Dozen and Any Given Sunday.

Funny how Brown didn't mention Microsoft or Nintendo, who also supports the Madden franchise on their systems. Maybe he doesn't like Blu Ray.

Bloomberg: Sony Sued by Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown Over Video Game

 




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Posted by tlevel5 - Monday, August 04, 2008 8:22 AM
haha EA sux as usual.
Jim Brown = the greatest running back ever, give him his money.

Posted by Smartguy81 - Monday, August 04, 2008 6:44 AM
@Charades
It doesn't matter if Sony Music or Sony TV is doing good. He is sueing Sony Computer Entertainment. That is the way it works.
@Slash5150
Lawsuits don't happen overnight. You don't decide to sue someone on Monday and have a judgement by Friday. Retard.
@clipperfan913
Yeah..he hates the game now. Hard to like him except in an old NFL films special.

He has every right to sue. Eventhough Sony and EA didn't use his name..that jersey number is more than likely retired which means that the number alone bears his likeness. Like it or not but Sony isn't just being sued by Jim Brown at the moment. EVERY corporation gets / is sued. Not a matter of IF but WHEN.

Posted by shr913 - Sunday, August 03, 2008 7:13 PM
I hope they don't pay him. He was a great player back in the day, but I've seen him On NFL Network and he's disrespectful to other players in the league. He's still living in the past.

Posted by big_boss627 - Sunday, August 03, 2008 4:34 PM
what a douchebag...what? did he run out of money for crack so he has to hit up SOMEONE? loser

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Posted by DSGB4life - Saturday, August 02, 2008 5:32 PM
Madden 2001 wasn't released on the X-Box. I don't know why Nintendo isn't involved in the lawsuit however.
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Posted by Tman88 - Saturday, August 02, 2008 9:08 AM
It seems that it was only EA that used him without permission, it's useless to sue any other game company.

Posted by daredevil10 - Friday, August 01, 2008 11:58 PM
"But Sony is going to be hit hardest by this cause their loosing money from the PS3 (Its true look it up if you don't believe me fanboy tards)"


Its you and kind of people i hate about, coz ur the ones who start flame wars... that statement about to be hit hardest hehe you must be in grade school coz you know nothing about reality and money.. that guy has no case at all and you think his gonna win that lawsuit? he's probably have no money and just want a piece of it

Posted by Slash5150 - Friday, August 01, 2008 10:01 PM
Wow...Brown must really be getting desperate IMO. Suing people over using their likeness? And COME ON! Used your picture in 2001...8 freaking years ago? ARE YOU KIDDING ME! You JUST NOW noticed it?

Posted by G4judgementday - Friday, August 01, 2008 8:44 PM
Sony and EA probably wont even have to pay Brown. They intentionally didn't use his name because they weren't allowed to. But how can he sue them for having a running back with the number 32 on an all browns team. I'm not saying they weren't meaning for it to be him, but come on they did it legally by not using his name.

Posted by Drago17 - Friday, August 01, 2008 7:50 PM
that is so frickin stupid go after only sony? dumbass

Posted by DamienHell - Friday, August 01, 2008 7:24 PM
@Charades
True, but they have still lost ALOT of money off hardware sales
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Posted by kikook - Friday, August 01, 2008 6:20 PM
I doubt Sony will even pay him settlement money...He has no real case and has to prove its him...And since its videogame Sony has the advantage.

Posted by Charades - Friday, August 01, 2008 6:14 PM
@DamienHell

To counter your argument Sony will have no problem with this since their company as a whole is cut up individual and each makes a ton of money.

Sony Pictures
Sony Music

I'm sure you get the picture.

Posted by blakseed - Friday, August 01, 2008 6:03 PM
A legend from my childhood. Screw Sony, give him his money.

Posted by DamienHell - Friday, August 01, 2008 5:18 PM
microsoft and nintendo probably already settled with him before this got out. EA will just wave money in his face. But Sony is going to be hit hardest by this cause their loosing money from the PS3 (Its true look it up if you don't believe me fanboy tards) and yes I can see him sueing for large amounts of money, and a good lawyer will get him it

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