Judge: Tattoo Suit Won't Delay 'Hangover' Opening

The Hangover: Part II was targeted in a copyright lawsuit involving a tattoo. The designer said he did not give Warner Bros. permission to use its likeness in the movie, and so he tried to block the film from opening. But a judge ruled this week that doing so could potentially harm movie theaters.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And our last word in business today is: Another hangover.

(Soundbite of movie, "The Hangover")

Mr. ED HELMS (Actor): (as Stu) Is there anything you can tell us about what may have happened last night?

Unidentified Man (Actor): (as character) You don't remember nothing?

MONTAGNE: The sequel to the R-rated 2009 blockbuster "The Hangover" is out today, despite a legal headache that almost prevented it from opening. "The Hangover: Part II" was targeted in a copyright lawsuit involving a tattoo specifically, a Maori tattoo just like the one Mike Tyson sports on his face.

Tyson does make an appearance in the film, but the same tattoo appears on one of the film's main characters. He finds it on his face after a night of heavy drinking. Now, the man who designed Tyson's tattoo says he did not give Warner Brothers permission to use it that way, and he sued to block the film "The Hangover" from being released.

This week, a judge ruled that doing so could potentially harm movie theaters, so she allowed the movie's release. But she said the designer of the tattoo still has a good chance of winning his case.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

And I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

(Soundbite of song, "Tyson's Tiger Song")

Mr. HELMS: (as Stu) (Singing) Don't you worry your pretty, striped head. We're gonna get you back to Tyson and your cozy tiger bed. And they we're gonna find our best friend Doug, and then we're gonna give him a best-friend hug. Doug, Doug. Oh, Doug, Dougie, Dougie, Doug, Doug.

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