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NFL Argues Retirees' Image Rights Claims Should Only Apply Since '03
Published May 31, 2012
“All of the plaintiffs’ claims that arose on or before August 25, 2003 – six years before the earliest of the consolidated actions was commenced on August 25, 2009 – should therefore be dismissed,” the NFL argued. And the league contends that many of the state laws regarding rights of publicity are even more time restrictive, so the court needs to figure out precisely how far back each player can go. The players contend their images are being unlawfully used in NFL Films, while the league counters they signed away those rights in their contracts. The Minnesota federal court set a July 11 hearing on the league’s motion to partially dismiss.