Results tagged “Hollywood Reporter”

Jun201227
11:34 AM
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Fashion's fabulous bad boy Jean Paul Gaultier has translated his passion for tattoos in a variety of media -- from his numerous body art-inspired fashion collections (like his Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection) to his own skin, tattooed by the infamous Tin Tin Tatouage in Paris.

Now, he's brought the cool to Coca Cola with his third limited edition Diet Coke bottle, aptly named "Tattoo." According to the Hollywood Reporter, the bottles are now available in nine European countries, but not yet in the US. As for the cost, HR says, "Oddly, we can find no mention about how much these limited edition bottles cost. Guess it's like that old saying, 'If you have to ask....'"
Jun201120
06:30 PM
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Call it my obsession, but I've been following the Mike Tyson tattoo copyright (almost as intensely as Beyonce's career) because of its potential impact on the rights of tattooists to defend their art from others who wish to profit from it.

For background, see my first post on it (with some general copyright info) here and the update here.

This post looks like my final update on the case because, yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter published the news that a settlement had been reached between Missouri tattooist, S. Victor Whitmill, and Warner Bros. Whitmill sued Warner Bros. for copyright infringement over its use of his facial tattoo design for Mike Tyson, which was prominent in The Hangover II film. The article stated:


Terms of the settlement 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.

The settlement was no surprise. As I predicted in my posts, these type of cases do tend to settle, and it was pretty clear that Warner Bros. would throw Whitman some money after the judge hearing the case had said that Whitmill had a "strong likelihood of prevailing on the merits for copyright infringement" and that most of the arguments put forward by Warner Bros. were "just silly."

While I'm happy that tattoo artists' rights to their designs were recognized, the tattoo law nerd in me wished that this case had been decided to finally see how the courts would rule on the issue.

Again, I fully believe in a balancing of these rights between client and artist -- or have those rights hammered out in advance between them, especially with celebrities -- but in this case, Tyson himself was not at issue. It was Warner Bros. use of the design in the films, ads, and to-be-released DVD.

Will post a link to this post soon on our Facebook page to get your thoughts.

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