Fans no longer have to worry about Warner Bros. digitally altering Ed Helms face on the DVD version of The Hangover 2. THR Esq. reports that the studio has reached a settlement with Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill–who sued Warner Bros. for copyright infringement after they used his Maori-inspired design in their marketing campaign for the film.
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Terms of the settlment were not disclosed. When asked for comment, Whitmill attorney Geoff Gerber provided THR the following statement: “Warner Bros. and Mr. Whitmill have amicably resolved their dispute. No other information will be provided.”
Sources say the deal was hammered out during an all-day mediation in St. Louis on Friday that was attended by Whitmill and his lawyers, as well as the Warners legal team.
Whitmill’s suit initially tried to halt the release of the film. That request was denied by U.S. District Court Judge Catherine D. Perry. However, Perry did assert during those proceedings that Whitmill had a strong case. Warner Brothers obviously took that as a sign they were going to lose big, and decided to cough up their undisclosed sum.
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