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Mystery Settlement in 'Hangover 2' Tattoo Lawsuit

6/20/2011 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ed Helms' face tattoo will remain permanent after all ... now that the studio behind "Hangover 2" has struck a settlement with the artist who claims he owns the copyright to the famous design.


Warner Bros. just announced it has "amicably resolved" its dispute with tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill -- the guy who put the original face tat on Mike Tyson.

Whitmill sued the studio back in April -- claiming WB never asked for permission before they slapped his work on Ed's face ... a gag that proved to be a HUGE plot point in the movie.

The terms of the deal are confidential -- but due to the fact that WB was going to have to digitally alter the tat on Ed's face for the DVD version of the flick if the two sides couldn't reach an agreement, we're guessing Mr. Whitmill's design didn't come cheap.



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is that the guy who just died in the car accident?

1219 days ago


No, Lander. That was Zach Galifianakis who died.

1219 days ago


Lander, on the off chance you are not trolling…..NO

And good for that tattoo artist. WB should have known better. Art is art whether you like it or not. If he designed that specifically for Tyson, and it was not out of a book, then it’s his. My guess is that he will be remolding his tattoo parlor in the near future.

1219 days ago


@pentta - it was not Zach Galifianakis who was in the car accident.

1219 days ago


Good for Victor!!! It's already hard to make a living in a creative field with big corporation stealing, and profiting, from your hard work.

1219 days ago

His Prince Michael    

A Time Warner company actually compensating someone for
their -infringed upon- Creative/Intellectual property?
Wait. Time Warner is STILL in business??
Noted. DULY, noted.

1219 days ago


selfish money grab, that's all it is.

1219 days ago

Joe Camel    

Silly. The tattoo artist just copied the tribal style of the Maori tribe in New Zealand. Maybe he'll share part of the settlement with them.

1219 days ago

OC Domer     

What I don't understand about this suit is: Why doesn't Mike Tyson own the rights to the tattoo? He paid for it. It's on HIS FACE. Can the "artist" claim a royalty every time Tyson allows himself to be photographed? I don't think so.

1219 days ago


Good for the tatoo artist!

1219 days ago


C'mon it's a simple tribal tatoo he's freaking out over it's not even that detailed and there's nothing great or original about it!

1219 days ago


OC Domer : Tyson doesn't own the rights because he did not create the design. Tyson was aware the tat was going to be copyrighted. Why should the artist charge Tyson for rights? He's a walking billboard.

1219 days ago

Superstar in a Superstar Machine    

That artist will probably never work again. If you get some of his work done, he may sue you.

1219 days ago


I'm not sure on specifics, but I believe Tyson owns the tatoo on his face, which he paid for, but the artist owns the image and all rights to reproduce it. Similar to owning a painting that hangs in your house... you can get the room with the painting in it photographed for a design magazine, but you can't make posters of the image/painting and sell them. At least that's how I think it works. I'm sure a lawyer would find many flaws in my understanding of this situation

1219 days ago


No Mike Tyson = just another tribal Tattoo! Get over yourself S. Victor Whitmill you effing loser!

1219 days ago
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