Baseball legends who returned to the field as virtual players in a series of fantasy computer games have settled their suits with the firms that appropriated their images without permission.

Pending court approval, the settlement marks the first time that companies — which for decades have incorporated in games the images, statistics and biographies of retired baseball players — must pay for that privilege, says W. Pitts Carr, a partner at Carr, Tabb, Pope & Freeman in Atlanta.

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