'NBA 2K17' Latest News & Update: New Free Agent Cards For Gold Edition, Take-Two Lawsuit Dismissed

By Joe Marsalis , Updated Aug 08, 2016 09:50 AM EDT
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We've got quite a bit of news happening on the "NBA 2K17" front, which is already dropping next month.

First of all, 2K Sports has revealed on Twitter three new exclusive MyTEAM free agent cards for those who decide to pre-order the Gold edition of "NBA 2K17." If you pre-order the game, you're gonna get Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Paul George—basically, all former "NBA 2K" cover stars—free agent cards, all with overall stats of 90+.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit filed against Take-Two Interactive by Solid Oak Sketches, a tattoo designer, has been dismissed. Solid Oak sued Take-Two for accurately depicting tattoos on basketball players in "NBA 2K16," specifically some of LeBron James's, Kobe Bryant's, DeAndre Jordan's, and retired NBA player Kenyon Martin's. Solid Oak holds that the tattoos were their intellectual property, and Take-Two recreated them in the video game without their permission—even though the tattoos were on the respective basketball players and formed part of their appearance.

Reuters reports that Solid Oak, which holds the rights to the designs of the players' tattoos, doesn't really have grounds to pursue statutory damages, as they're not allowed to recover damages from copyright infringements that happen before the creators register their work with the U.S. Copyright Office (the tattoos in question first appeared in "NBA 2K14"). Meanwhile, because the tattoo designs from "NBA 2K16" are still their intellectual property, Solid Oak is still free to sue Take-Two for actual damages.

"NBA 2K17" drops on September 20 later this year for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

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