Storm Trooper Copyright Lawsuit Back On In the UK

from the in-a-galaxy-far,-far-away dept

Last year we wrote about a copyright fight between George Lucas/Lucasfilm and Andrew Ainsworth, the guy who created the original costumes for the storm troopers in Star Wars. Ainsworth believes that he has every right to now sell storm trooper costumes. Lucas, and his licensing empire, feel otherwise. It got to the ridiculous level of Ainsworth claiming that Lucas actually owed him money, for all the free merchandising Ainsworth has done for the various Star Wars movies by selling his costumes. Eventually, the High Court in the UK tossed out Lucas' claims, saying that the costumes were not works of art and not covered by copyright in the UK. It did note that there may have been copyright infringement in the US, but said that Ainsworth was immune from a US court ruling on the subject since his US sales were not that big.

Apparently, Lucasfilm isn't happy about this and is appealing the ruling, claiming that the storm trooper costumes are indeed works of art, like sculptures. The whole thing, frankly, seems like a waste of time. Is it really that big of a concern to Lucasfilm if the guy who created the original costumes is selling them himself?

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    Revwillie56, 5 Nov 2009 @ 11:30am

    Lucas Legal Department

    Legal Departments like to see red while creating red for the Company they work for. Lucas Films Legal Department doesn't see the greater black; While Ainsworth wasn't the great inventor, Lucas Films should help Ainsworth sell the "art" and get a piece of the profit. Ainsworth would do the job he created, making him happy. Lucas Films would get more black to invest in other creativities. And people across the Globe would start being called Stormtroopers instead of Trekkies. And the media will still fail to understand the concept, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" (It boggles the mind what BS the media cooks up because they don't understand something)

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