The Hangover: Part II producers are being sued by Mike Tyson's tattoo artist.
S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who created Tyson's iconic tattoo linked and copyrighted the inked art work. He is suing Warner Brothers' firm for allegedly using Tyson's tattoo in the upcoming The Hangover sequel without permission. Whitmill is also seeking the halt of the film's release and also banning the use of Helms' image (who the 'tattoo' was used on) from being used for the film's promotion and advertisement.
"When Mr. Whitmill created the original tattoo, Mr Tyson agreed that Mr. Whitmill would own the artwork and thus, the copyright in the original tattoo. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. - without attempting to contact Mr. Whitmill, obtain his permission, or credit his creation - has copied Mr. Whitmill's original tattoo and placed it on the face of another actor... This unauthorized exploitation of the original tattoo constitutes copyright infringement," the legal papers filed on Thursdy in federal court in Missouri stated.
The Hangover: Part II is scheduled to be released in late May.
SOURCES: KSN; Image