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Mike Tyson's Tattoo Artist Sues To Stop 'Hangover' Sequel Release

Mike Tyson's tattoo artist, who gave the former heavyweight champ his distinctive facial tattoo, has sued Warner Bros. because Ed Helms' character sports the same tattoo in the upcoming sequel.

S. Victor Whitmill is asking for an injunction to stop the release of the highly-anticipated comedy sequel.

"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," his lawyer says in the filing.

"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."

Whitmill has included the copyright registration for the tattoo, as well as Tyson's signed release granting rights to the work, in the court documents.

Warner Bros. may argue that using the tattoo is fair use as a parody but there's no doubt it's a clear reference to Tyson, who appeared in the first film.

In the sequel, the character apparently gets the same tattoo while he's drunk in Bangkok.

May 2, 2011 |

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