IP: Will Copyright Law Give Warner Bros. a Hangover?

A tattoo artist’s claim of copyright infringement could cost movie studio millions.

By all accounts, Warner Bros. new movie, “The Hangover Part II,” is a wild success on the road to becoming a box office blockbuster. Like the movie’s premise, however, periods of euphoria can often lead to a painful hangover. What could cause Warner Bros.’ hangover?  Believe it or not, it’s all about copyright law.

As was widely reported last week, Victor Whitmill, a Missouri “tattoo artist,” brought an action against Warner Bros. seeking to stop the Memorial Day weekend opening of “The Hangover Part II.” While District Court Judge Catherine Perry ultimately decided to let the movie open on schedule, Warner Bros. is not out of hot water. In fact, the comments Perry made at the injunction hearing should make Warner Bros. think about stocking up on Alka-Seltzer.

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Mark C. Scarsi

Mark Scarsi is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, resident in the Los Angeles office.

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