The tattoo on Ed Helms’ face is staying in the film of The Hangover: Part II because Warner Bros has settled the lawsuit brought by Missouri tattoo artist S Victor Whitmill. It was about a mark on Helms’ face, which Mr Whitmill claimed infringed a copyrighted tattoo he created for boxer Mike Tyson.
“Warner Bros and Mr Whitmill have amicably resolved their dispute. No other information will be provided,” Mr Whitmill’s attorney Geoff Gerber said.
Apparently the deal was hammered out during an all-day mediation on Friday in St Louis.
A Victor Whitmill created the original tattoo and subsequently registered the copyright. He sued in April demanding a federal judge halt the release of the blockbuster comedy sequel because it prominently features the tattoo and they had not obtained his permission.
The judge denied Mr Whitmill’s request for a preliminary injunction on 24 May 2011, just days before the film was scheduled to be released.
The judge saw merit in the case though and allowed the matter to be dealt with.
In subsequent court filings, Warners said that it planned to digitally alter the tattoo for the home video version of the film if the case did not settle quickly. Now a notice of dismissal is expected to be filed shortly with an undisclosed settlement.
It is one of the odder copyright cases in recent memory. The film, meanwhile, has gone on to earn almost $US500 million worldwide.