The Associated Press posted a story this weekend which talks about the Sam Keller vs. The World case which is set to go in front of the 9th Circuit of Appeals Court in Pasadena tomorrow.
That's right, it's yet another D-Day for the case which could go all the way to the Supreme Court -- so don't get your hopes up for any final resolution until we get nine votes in Washington DC on the matter.
However, it's interesting how much interest this case is now getting -- it's starting to really get some powerful lobbies on each side of the fence, which is another indication this one is probably going all the way up to the top. Here's what the AP says about Hollywood's interest in the case:
"EA and the NCAA appealed and are joined by the Hollywood studios, media companies and other organizations such as the Comic Book Defense Fund who fear that Wilken's ruling, if allowed to stand, will severely stifle artistic expression.
EA's lawyers, for instance, predict the demise of movies such as "Forest Gump" that rely heavily on the free use of celebrity images to further a narrative.
"Documentarians, biographers, filmmakers, novelists, photographers, songwriters, and many others do exactly what the district court said is not protected: they create expressive works that realistically depict individuals and/or refer to them by their actual names," EA's lawyers wrote in their appeal.
Allowing the players' lawsuit to go forward will threaten future movie productions, Motion Picture Association of America wrote in support of EA."
Although you could definitely make the argument this would be possible, it would definitely have to be up to another case to really decide the fate of films. However, this case does have far reaching implications for College Athletics. At stake is the question of amateur status of these athletes, the NCAA's claims as such, and whether you can profit off of a likeness of someone without them getting a cut.
As has been the case, predicting a winner in this is difficult at best -- but we do know we'll know where the case is going next in the very near future.
And for now, that's all we really will need to know. What do you think of the Hollywood connection in this case? And let's hear your predictions for tomorrow!