Mike Tyson’s Tattoo Artist Sues To Stop Release Of The Hangover II
The recreation of Mike Tyson’s tattoo in the upcoming release The Hangover II may possibly delay its release.
Tyson appeared in the original film, and what is obviously an exact replica of the tattoo, appears on one of the main characters faces in the sequel as well as one of the movie posters.
The creator of the tattoo is seeking an injunction to stop the release of the film. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the story:
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.