June 21st, 2011
05:36 PM ET
A copyright infringement lawsuit didn’t delay “The Hangover Part II’s” release in theaters, and it won’t affect the film’s transition to DVD, either.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has settled with the tattooist who claimed the ink Ed Helms sports in the comedy infringes on the distinct copyrighted art boxer Mike Tyson has emblazoned on his face.
The artist, S. Victor Whitmill, initially tried to stop “Hangover II’s” May 26 release but a judge ruled that the laugh fest was to arrive in theaters as planned, although the case was to move forward.
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. did file court documents suggesting that the tattoo would be digitally altered on the DVD if the case didn’t settle, but since then the studio seems to have reached an agreement with Whitmill.
THR reports that the terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed, but that Warner Bros. said in a statement, “Warner Bros. and Mr. Whitmill have amicably resolved their dispute. No other information will be provided.”
“The Hangover: Part II” has gone on to gross $488.7 million globally, making it the biggest R-rated comedy of all time.
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