Tyson Tattoo Suit Won't Delay Hangover II

But Warner Bros will likely owe the artist a few bucks
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 24, 2011 3:24 PM CDT
Ed Helms looks at a picture of his character with the tattoo at the premiere of the film, Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist won't stop this weekend's release of Hangover II, notes the Hollywood Reporter. S. Victor Whitmill has sued for copyright infringement because one of the characters ends up with same tattoo Whitmill designed for the boxer. But a federal judge has ruled that it's unreasonable to expect Warner Bros—and theaters around the country—to change things up this close to the release date. The judge, however, allowed the copyright suit to continue.

Warner Bros may well have to pay Whitmill some kind of settlement, experts tell PopEater. “I would imagine that the court will lean in favor of the copyright holder,” says an entertainment lawyer. “The design is registered. That should give a savvy party like a studio notice as to the artist's intent to protect his work.” The copyright was filed last month, PopEater notes—clearly with the goal of cashing in on the movie. Click through for more on the Tyson tattoo story.

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