Card companies aren’t the only ones involved in licensing debates.
Can a sports team, marketing agent or school really own the rights to a player’s likeness?
It’s a popular topic in courtrooms these days as the sports memorabilia business continues to bloom. Card companies need licenses to produce sports cards. But what about artists?
If you paint a picture of Lou Gehrig–one truly your own–do you need to pay someone? Or does the law change when it becomes a profitable venture? Both are valid questions, but there are plenty more where those came from.
Vincent Furfaro, a founder and director of Legendary Sports Prints, a company that commissions artists to paint memorable sporting events and then creates limited edition reproductions of the artwork, has a vested interest in the subject.