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'Hangover' Face Tattoo

To Be Un-Tyson'd for DVD

6/9/2011 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Warner Bros. claims Ed Helms' face tattoo will be digitally altered when "The Hangover 2" goes to DVD -- after the artist who designed the infamous Mike Tyson tat sued the studio for ripping him off.

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The studio filed new docs on Monday in their legal battle with S. Victor Whitmill -- who inscribed the tribal face tat on Tyson back in 2003 -- claiming, "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’s face."

As we previously reported, Whitmill sued the studio back in April claiming copyright infringement -- but a judge refused to block the movie's release.

Whitmill has been threatening to take the matter to trial ever since -- but now that Warner Bros. plans to alter the offending ink ... the studio insists a trial won't be necessary.

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1.

lander    

he should get bank for this rip off!

1128 days ago
2.

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

I was going to defend the studio, but **** that. These are the same ******** who sue ordinary joes because they "download" movies. **** these guys.

They like using other people's intellectual property for free - but don't want the reciprocity of others doing the same with their movies.

**** these ********. I hope the artist continues his suit - He should be compensated.

1128 days ago
3.

Joe    

This movie suc'ked monkey balls!

1128 days ago
4.

JoeFrancis    

Next time Warner Bros. claims you pirated any of their work, remind them of this case. Will be downloading TH2 today.

1128 days ago
5.

Jennah    

No I loved this movie.
Hangover !
It was hillarious.

Jennah Smith
PMS Relief

1128 days ago
6.

Mikey    

I love that clown tattoo, I laugh every time I see it. Victor White mill found one dumb black guy to put it on. No one else would want that stupid thing.

1128 days ago
7.

Tammy    

That move will require a change in onother scene in the movie, which I won't mention since some might not have seen it.

1128 days ago
8.

Puckett    

Robyn 25 minutes ago
Omg.. its not that fu*kin serious.. people will find any way to make a quick buck.. get over it dude, tattoo is ugly anyways and Im more then 100% sure nobody will want to get that on them.

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Yeah right, try that logic with the MPIAA when they are suing you for 10's of thousands of dollars for downloading a couple of movies that turn out to suck. I'm sure they'll suddenly realize you stealing their intellectual property is no big deal and back off.

You know in a way i agree with you about the tat, but F*CK Warner if they're going to have a major stick up their ass every time some steal their IP..... well karma baby!

Hope this guy sues them or settles out of court and banks some serious cash off of these intellectual property thieves at Warner Bros.!

1128 days ago
9.

Kathi    

If it a tribal tat doesn't that mean it was a copy to start with??????

1128 days ago
10.

Puckett    

Kathi 3 minutes ago
If it a tribal tat doesn't that mean it was a copy to start with??????

"tribal" is a particular style of tattoo art that's all. It's not a reference to it actually being a genuine tribal design of a real tribe, although a tribal tat could be "genuine".

1128 days ago
11.

Cooley    

No, a tribal tattoo doesn't mean it's already a copy. Is an impressionist painting a copy? No. It's a style. Tribal tattoos are customized for each person in a tribe.

Anyway, why do people steal so much these days? Folks have no respect for originality and individual creative work.

All over the internet, people are copying and pasting stuff they didn't write but stole from someone else. Song rhythms, costumes, Movies and tV shows are remakes (Do we really need another Charlies Angels or 90210?).

Is originality dead?

1128 days ago
12.

tink981    

Oh please. I didn't know you could copyright a tattoo. If that were the case, could I sue another girl who got the same butterfly as me. BS!! It's just another tattoo. Was there anything on Mike's face that said the tattoo was trademarked and could not be copied without permission? I don't see that. Just another guy trying to make some quick money by tying up the legal system.

It's an ugly tat anyways!!

1128 days ago
13.

TMP    

Sad, whiny, cry babies. Everyone is always just looking for a quick buck.

With all these losers out there on reality TV, making money for basically being drunken sluts, it's no wonder so many people out there are tired of working their butts off, getting NOT as much money and then getting screwed with layoffs and downsizing. Why work? These idiots on TV get money for NOTHING...

1128 days ago
14.

Missy    

S. Victor Whitmill = douchebag! Effing loser!

1128 days ago
15.

Puckett    

tink981 8 minutes ago
Oh please. I didn't know you could copyright a tattoo. If that were the case, could I sue another girl who got the same butterfly as me. BS!! It's just another tattoo. Was there anything on Mike's face that said the tattoo was trademarked and could not be copied without permission? I don't see that. Just another guy trying to make some quick money by tying up the legal system.

It's an ugly tat anyways!!

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Yes, provided of course your butterfly tattoo is an original design that you yourself created, and the tattoo artist simply inked it on you, then yes you own copyright to the design and yes you can sue if the tattoo artist or others started using it for their own FOR PROFIT use.

Get over it, dumbass.

1128 days ago
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