If it's crap ... We'll tell you
All this fuss over a little tattoo... After Warner Bros. was sued by a Missouri tattoo artist who claimed that he owned the copyright to the iconic face tattoo that Mike Tyson has (and that Ed Helms' character Stu sports in the film), the studio managed to deny him a preliminary injunction and in turn made their release date on time. However, the case is far from over. S. Victor Whitmill - the artist in question - argued for an earlier trial, but Warner Bros. successfully managed to stave off the proceedings by announcing that, if necessary, they would be digitally replacing the offending tattoo before it is released on video.
In an official statement, WB said:
Arguing that the removal of the tattoo would simplify the matter of determining damages to the artist (since they would only need to debate the impact of the theatrical release only), the trial has been moved to allow WB time to make the necessary changes. While there's definitely a debate to be had here over creator rights and intellectual property laws, we can't help think that maybe the change wouldn't be that bad.
For instance, maybe they could take out ad space and recoup their legal fees from a willing sponsor:
Or, maybe they could use this opportunity to target a new demographic:
Either way, 'The Hangover, Part 2' comes out on DVD and Blu-ray in December.