Tattoo copyright suit threatens 'Hangover'

April 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

HOLLYWOOD, April 30 (UPI) -- A tattoo artist has sued to block the U.S. release of "The Hangover: Part II" because the tattoo on one of the characters is too close to his copyright work.

S. Victor Whitmill filed suit against Warner Bros. in Missouri this week alleging the facial tattoo worn by Ed Helms matches the high-profile art he etched on the head of boxer Mike Tyson.

The Hollywood Reporter said Saturday Tyson's tattoo had been copyrighted by Whitmill, who claimed decorating Helms with similar art constituted copyright infringement.

Whitmill asked a federal judge to issue an injunction blocking the Memorial Day release of the film.

The Reporter noted Tyson appeared in the first "Hangover" film, which could make it tougher for the studio to call the similarities a coincidence.

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