Warner Bros. Digitally Altering Hangover Tattoo
Warner Bros. has dodged the possibility of an injunction being granted to Mike Tyson's tattoo artist that would delay the release of the home-video version of The Hangover Part II. It said on Thursday that it will digitally alter the tattoo on Ed Helms' face in the movie before it is released on DVD. Tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill has sued the studio saying he owned the copyright of the tattoo and never gave permission for it to be used in the sequel. Last month, a federal judge refused to grant an injunction to prevent the movie from being released theatrically because, she said, doing so at the last moment could harm people who are not parties to the lawsuit. However, she indicated, Whitmill had a strong likelihood of prevailing in his suit. She called Warner Bros.' argument that a tattoo can't be copyrighted "silly." In a court filing originally reported by TMZ.com, the studio said this week that it "does not intend to make any use of the allegedly infringing tattoo after the film ends its run in the theaters because Warner Bros. will digitally alter the film to substitute a different tattoo on Ed Helms's face."