Ex-football stars Herb Adderley and Jim Brown seek to formally support Samuel Keller in his lawsuit against NCAA Football game maker Electronic Arts Inc.
Keller, a college quarterback at Arizona State and Nebraska, filed suit against EA earlier this year charging that the game maker and the NCAA unfairly used images of college players in the NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball series of games.
The Associated Press reports that Adderley and Brown wish to file a “friend of the court” brief in support of Keller. Brown, who had filed a similar lawsuit against EA in regards to his depiction in EA’s Madden titles, saw that lawsuit dismissed in Los Angeles last week, as U.S. District Court Judge Florence Marie-Cooper compared videogames to realistic paintings of athletes:
The Madden NFL video games are expressive works, akin to an expressive painting that depicts celebrity athletes of past and present in a realistic sporting environment
Adderley was lead-plaintiff in a class-action suit against the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) that resulted in a $28.0 million dollar verdict last November.