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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.

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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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16.

chubbs McBuff    

Ryann Dunn just died. who cares about this stupid stuff?

1134 days ago
17.

Layla_Canada    

As previously stated this tattoo is based on tribal tattoos found in Maoris (native people of New Zealand). Check out the movie 'Once were warriors' and you will find scenes of young men in a native gang with similar tattoos that cover their entire faces.
The artist might want to admit that he isn't at all original in his design!

1134 days ago
18.

KiwiChic    

S. Victor Whitmill does not own any rights to the tattoo, it is distinctly a maori design and anybody who gives him a cent needs their head read....its him who should be paying New Zealand Maori for the rights to use their tribal designs.

1134 days ago
19.

Muse1010    

C'mon it's a simple tribal design he's freaking out about, not even a detailed one! It's really lame what people do sometimes for extra cash

1134 days ago
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Muse1010    

C'mon it's a simple tribal design he's freaking out over it's not even that detailed!

1134 days ago
21.

Kathy    

An artist owns original artwork, that's how they make their living by selling their art. if you're going to deny the artist his salary, maybe your salary should be cut too.

1134 days ago
22.

RLDAVIS70    

Give the guy $5 bucks and then kick him because that is all that tat is worth.

1134 days ago
23.

Jack    

I do not see the trade mark symbol under the tat...

1134 days ago
24.

stevie    

I'm from New Zealand - does this mean I can sue this tattoo artist for copying my heritage? This dude was obviously just looking for an easy ride and WB were dumb enough to give it to him.

1134 days ago
25.

Jcsboy    

Can you even take a crap anymore without someone filing a lawsuit???????

1134 days ago
26.

Dan    

Warner Brothers made millions off the Hangover. I can't believe commenters feel the artists shouldn't get a right to a tiny cut of the action.

It's the artist's exact design, not just a similar 'Maori' style. If you copy a song, for commercial usage, you have to pay. Art is no different.

This artist deserves his cut, as much as anyone else whose art appears in a movie.

1134 days ago
27.

Monster    

whining, greedy little and big bitches

1134 days ago
28.

Scarecrow    

When will they reimburse New Zealand Maori? this Tattoo is a rip off of Maori design from New Zealand

1134 days ago
29.

James    

Lander, you are retarded, RYAN DUNN WAS IN JACKASS, HE WAS NEVER IN HANGOVER. Zach Galifianakis was in hangover. Ive seen all your comments, and ive thought, what a retard. If your gonna be sad about Ryan Dunn, at least know who he is. RIP DUNN !

1134 days ago
30.

John    

The phrase "Tattoo Artist" is a misnomer.

1134 days ago
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