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    Tattoo court case could delay release of Hangover sequel

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    Tattoo court case could delay release of Hangover sequel


    May 24, 2011 - 4:33PM




    Movie KO ... Mike Tyson at the premiere of The Hangover: Part II. Photo: AP




    How seriously is Warner Bros taking the lawsuit by Mike Tyson's tattoo artist that threatens to halt this week's release of The Hangover: Part II?

    The studio dispatched two of its top executives to St Louis to testify during a four-hour federal court hearing on whether a judge will issue an injunction preventing the planned Thursday rollout of the highly anticipated comedy sequel.

    Warners president of worldwide marketing Sue Kroll and president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman both took the stand in St Louis federal court where S. Victor Whitmill is seeking an injunction on the grounds that the facial tattoo worn in the film by Ed Helms violates a copyright in the original work Whitmill created for Tyson.

    Warner Bros general counsel John Rogovin and other studio intellectual property lawyers accompanied Fellman and Kroll, who were cross-examined on the witness stand by Whitmill attorney Geoffrey Gerber.

    According to sources who attended the hearing, the Warners executives told the court that the studio has spent roughly $US80 million on marketing the sequel to 2009's The Hangover and that blocking the film's debut in cinemas would cause irreparable financial harm. Also, thousands of cinemas are in the process of receiving the film.

    Whitmill, who designed the tattoo on Tyson's face, filed suit on April 28 claiming copyright infringement and asking for an injunction. Whitmill was the sole witness in support of his case at Monday's hearing before US District Court Judge Catherine D. Perry.

    In court filings, Warners says Whitmill will not be able to succeed on the merits of his claims.

    "The very copyrightability of tattoos is a novel issue," the Warner Bros brief says. "There is no legal precedent for plaintiff's radical claim that he is entitled, under the Copyright Act, to control the use of a tattoo that he created on the face of another human being."

    Warner Bros says that Tyson's tattoo is ubiquitous and that he appeared in the first Hangover movie without objection from Whitmill. Tyson also appears in the second film but is not a defendant.

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    what next , dame edna suing the tattoo artist claiming copyright infringement ?

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    well spotted Blue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazzy
    "The very copyrightability of tattoos is a novel issue," the Warner Bros brief says.
    How ironic.

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    A number of tribes from around the world could claim that tattoo as an infringement of their culture heritage.

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    Tyson admitted years ago, the the Tatoo was a copy of maori art.The design looks like a "koru"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazzy View Post
    highly anticipated comedy sequel.
    Well it is a sequel..

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    well it's Thursday - was the movie released or not?
    Last edited by genghis61; 26-05-2011 at 10:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61
    well it's Thursday - was the movie released or not?
    Guess so, playing at my local cinema.

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