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'Hangover' tattoo erase

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Hangover Tattoo
Melinda Sue Gordon

Warner Bros. filed court papers on Monday indicating they intend to digitally alter the tattoo on Ed Helms’ character’s face when The Hangover Part II is released on home video, according to court documents. Tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill, who gave Mike Tyson the Maori-style tattoo that the film references, sued the company for copyright infringement. In their most recent filing to prevent Whitmill’s request for an expedited trial, lawyers for Warner Bros. said, “If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, Warner Bros. 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. As a result, there is no reason for the highly accelerated trial Plaintiff has asked this Court to hold on Plaintiff’s request for a permanent injunction.”

A mediation hearing is slated for June 16, and a court date is set for Feb. 21, 2012.

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