As Crimaz.com reported, Tommy Gilbert, father of the late Eddie “Hot Stuff” Gilbert, is taking WWE to court for “plastering his son’s image and likeness all over TV”. Instead of having the content taken down, the family wants to be compensated for Eddie’s character and likeness being used.
WWE issued the following statement to TMZ shortly after the original story broke:
“Through the years, WWE has acquired the legal rights to library footage of various former wrestling organizations including Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Mid-Southern Wrestling among many others. WWE has made these substantial investments to acquire these copyrighted works and has the legal right to use them. Similar cases in the past have been unsuccessful and we expect this case to be dismissed.”