Mike Tyson's Tattoo Artist Sues to Block 'The Hangover 2'

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BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource entertainment video news analysi...
BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource entertainment video news analysis from Newsy. Mike Tyson is known for a few things-- an infamous boxing match involving ears, a heavyweight title and his tattoos. Now, the man behind one of those tattoos is suing Warner Brothers for copyright infringement. The problem is... the Hangover sequel just happened to use a very similar design to Iron Mike’s tattoo around his eye. (Video Source: Funny or Die/Warner Bros.) ...but the lawsuit isn’t a laughing matter. Detroit’s WDIV reports it could actually hold up the release of Hangover 2, set to hit theaters in May. “Why you say? Because it's so similar to the facial art on Ed Helms' character, according to published reports, the man behind the actual tattoo design is suing Warner Brothers over the similarity. Take a look. The artist is asking for a court order to stop the film's release. In his complaint filed in federal court, he claims Tyson agreed that the artist would own the artwork as well as the copyright. ” ...and the artist doesn’t stop there. St. Louis’ KTVI reports, he also wants it out of ads. “A Missouri tattoo artist filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Warner Brothers (flash) S. Victor Whitmill of Waynesville designed and inked the tattoo on Tyson. Whitmill is seeking financial damages and asking the judge to block use of the tattoo in ads and in the movie that debuts May 26. Warner Brothers has not commented.” The Hollywood Reporter says it’s an interesting case--but Warner Brothers just might get out of this one. “Copyrighted works are copyrighted works, no matter whether they are painted on canvases or walls or the bodies of former heavyweight champions... But Warners could argue … that the studio changed the design just enough to escape infringement, or that the use in the film is ‘transformative’.” The case wouldn’t be the first time Warner Bros has been slapped with a copyright suit prior to a film’s release. (Video Source: Funny or Die/Warner Bros.) And the news has generated enough buzz that NBC Sports went way Off the Bench and wrote about it. “In 2005, a producer forced an injunction to stop the release of The Dukes of Hazzard movie, claiming copyright infringement involving an earlier movie. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount of money and the movie released on time, however (lucky us).” 'Like Newsy' on Facebook for video news updates in your feed. Get more multisource entertainment video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
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