Way to cave, bro. Warner Bros. just filed a statement swearing that they will digitally alter the Mike Tyson tattoo on Ed Helms' face in The Hangover Part 2. The tattoo artist who originally gave Tyson the tattoo recently filed a suit against the studio for copyright infringement because the film uses his design without his permission. Nothing could be done before the film hit theaters, but the artist is now pushing for an expedited trial so Warners was forced to make a preemptive strike. By removing the tattoo once the film is out of theaters, it limits their offenses and should, in theory, relieve them from facing an expedited trial. Whew.
Here's the legal gobbledy-gook from Warners' lawyers:
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.
Now, this doesn't mean they're off the hook. The tattoo still appears on screens whereever the sequel is playing, so their court date for February 2012 still stands. Geeze, and all they wanted to do was make a joke about former joke from the first movie so they could recreate the action that surrounded the joke of the first when they used the joke of the second.