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Hangover Tyson Tattoo Lawsuit Settled

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.”

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New Zealand’s Maori People Upset Over Hangover Tyson Tattoo Lawsuit

A lawsuit between Mike Tyson‘s tattoo designer S. Victor Whitmill and Warner Bros.–which for weeks has threatened this Thursday’s release of The Hangover: Part 2–has many Maori people in New Zealand rather peeved. The lawsuit, filed by Whitmill against Warner, alleges that the studio illegally used Whitmill’s Maori-like design in its $80 million marketing campaign for the film–a design Whitmill claims he retains sole ownership of.

That isn’t sitting well with many Maori.

“It is astounding that a Pakeha tattooist who inscribes an African American’s flesh with what he considers to be a Maori design has the gall to claim … that design as his intellectual property,” Maori professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku told the New Zealand Herald. “The tattooist has an incredible arrogance to assume he has the intellectual right to claim the design form of an indigenous culture that is not his.”

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