Former WWE performer Rene Dupree filed a putative class-action lawsuit against the company earlier this week over royalties for footage on the WWE Network. Below are details of the complaint courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:
According to the complaint filed in Connecticut federal court, Goguen signed a "booking contract" in 2003 where WWE took ownership over a wide swath of intellectual property including his nickname, personality, character, costumes, props, gimmicks, gestures, routines and themes.
In return, WWE was obligated to pay out 25 percent of net receipts to a pool of wrestlers for licensed products as well as for video cassettes, videodiscs, CD-ROMs "or other technology, including technology not yet created" consisting of pay-per-view videos. Other video items like a WrestleMania box set had just a five percent royalty share for wrestlers.
WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt told THR that because Dupree, whose real name is Rene Goguen, signed his contract in 2011, he doesn’t have the ability to bring forth such a claim. “His response back indicates he did not know about it," says McDevitt.
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