WWE LEGAL LAYS SMACKDOWN ON INDEPENDENT PROMOTIONS TODAY By Mike Johnson on 2016-07-15 12:24:00
A number of independent wrestling promoters and wrestling convention promoters woke up to the sound of WWE's legal team this morning as we have heard of a number of promoters receiving cease and desist letters from WWE today.
WWE's letter informed the different promoters that they were utilizing WWE-owned photographs on advertising material on posters and/or online media to promote former WWE-contracted talents that are scheduled for upcoming independent dates.
Given how many promoters received cease and desists on the same day, it was obviously a strategy by WWE to hit everyone at once...and WWE is legally within their rights to do so as they would own any professional shots taken by their photographers.
So, any promoters using images they believe may be owned by WWE would be wise to change them, ASAP.