Warner Bros. Settles "Hangover 2" Tattoo Lawsuit

Warner Bros. Settles "Hangover 2" Tattoo Lawsuit

Warner Bros. Settles
The digital editors over at Warner Brothers are breathing a sigh of relief today. The studio settled a lawsuit over a tattoo featured in “The Hangover 2″ and avoided the costly task of digitally altering its design for the DVD release, TMZ reports.

News of a “mystery settlement” broke yesterday and it looks like the tattoo sported by Ed Helm”s character in the film is here to stay. Warner Bros. says it has “amicably resolved” the copyright infringement lawsuit brought forward by Mike Tyson”s tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill.

The facial tattoo sported by Helm”s character in the film is a replica of the one on Tyson”s face, and Whitmill was up in arms that his artwork was copied without permission.

Whitmill tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to delay the May 26 release of the film, but still took the studio to court earlier this month for copyright infringement.

Warner Bros. filed paperwork claiming they would digitally alter Helm”s tattoo in the film to help the situation.
“If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, Warner Bros. does not intend to make any use of the allegedly infringing tattoo after the film ends its run in the theaters because Warner Bros. will digitally alter the film to substitute a different tattoo on Ed Helms” face. As a result, there is no reason for the highly accelerated trial Plaintiff has asked this Court to hold on Plaintiff”s request for a permanent injunction,” lawyers for Warner Bros. said in the filing earlier this month.

The parties, who had a court date set for February 2012, were able to hash out an agreement during a mediation session this week. There”s no word on how much the studio paid in the settlement.

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