Gravano v Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

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Gravano v Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. 2018 NY Slip Op 02207 Decided on March 29, 2018 Court of Appeals Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431. This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided on March 29, 2018
No. 23

[*1]Karen Gravano, Appellant,


Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. et al., Respondents.

Thomas A. Farinella, for appellant.

Jeremy Feigelson, for respondents.

Jarryd Huntley; Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. et al.; Entertainment Software Association; American Booksellers Association, et al.; Eric M. Freedman, et al., amici curiae.


The order of the Appellate Division, insofar as appealed from, should be affirmed, with costs. A computer-generated image may constitute a "portrait" within the meaning of Civil Rights Law §§ 50 and 51 (see Lohan v Take-Two Interactive Software, ___ NY3d ___, ___ [2018] [decided herewith]). Plaintiff, however, is not recognizable from the images at issue here, namely, the "Andrea Bottino" avatar in the video game in question (see Cohen v Herbal Concepts, 63 NY2d 379, 384 [1984]).

In view of our determination, we do not address plaintiff's additional contentions.

Order, insofar as appealed from, affirmed, with costs, in a memorandum. Chief Judge DiFiore and Judges Rivera, Stein, Fahey, Garcia and Feinman concur. Judge Wilson took no part.

Decided March 29, 2018