The Hangover II: Tattoo Regret?

The much-anticipated release of The Hangover sequel might be derailed if a judge decides the use of Mike Tyson's tattoo on Ed Helms' face constitutes copyright infringement. S. Victor Whitmill, the artist behind Tyson's notorious face tattoo, sued Warner Brothers Entertainment, claiming he was never “asked for permission for, and has never consented to, the use, reproduction or creation of a derivative work based on his original tattoo,” the New York Times reported. Obviously, this is not your typical copyright infringement case. While the tattoo may be considered intellectual property, Whitmill cannot claim property rights over Tyson's skin. A hearing is scheduled for today in federal court in Missouri. Warner Bros. said blocking the movie's release could have dire financial consequences for the studio—and wreak havoc with our Memorial Day weekend plans. (Celebritology)
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