Tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill designed Mike Tyson’s unique facial tattoo.  He is now suing Warner Bros. Ent. for the (obviously fake) reproduction of the tattoo on Ed Helm’s face in ads for the film and the film itself.

Photo from here.

Whitmill had an agreement with Tyson that Whitmill would retain all ownership rights in the copyright to the tattoo.  According to copyright law, anyone who wishes to use the artwork owned by Whitmill has to contact Whitmill for a license to use the artwork.  Warner Bros. did not get permission to use the artwork.  The use may infringe several aspects of copyright ownership, including reproduction, distribution and adaptation.

Whitmill seeks an injunction — an order to stop the movie’s release.  Warner Bros. has not issued a comment.  While this could go to trial, I doubt it will.  Anyone else smell a settlement?

Original story here.

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