Warner Bros. settles 'Hangover' tattoo lawsuit
June 21st, 2011
05:36 PM ET

Warner Bros. settles 'Hangover' tattoo lawsuit

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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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. alecia

    Oh come on! There shouldnt have even been a settlement because the tatoos werent identical! Must be a bad day @ the stamp shop!

    June 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stupid

    This is a stupid movie, about stupid people, for stupid people. End of story!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. charlie crack

    They wanted to make a couple hundred million before they talked about settlement.....eh?

    June 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. boosh

    That'th Loodacrith

    June 22, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ralph Wiggum

    Hi Super Nintendo Chalmers

    June 22, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nigel Tufnel

    A little money is all it takes to smooth most things over.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. @Michelle

    shut up, you are the one promoting your traamp tattoo.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. michael nesmith

    He auditioned for our group but didnt make it. Just not Monkee material.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    Tattoos are just trashy.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. herman sherman

    Well I'm betting this publicity isn't great for the artist. Then again Ed Helm's character gets man handled by a tranny and this was the top selling movie of the year.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Name

    The WB is nice. I miss the old WB network. The frog mascot was friendly.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. societyfrustrated

    its just a tattoo! Seriously the guy probably didnt even find out about it until someone told him.. All he wants is attention and money.. shame shame

    June 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RickJamesMemphis

    What a crock!

    June 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |

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