Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Stormtrooper battle returns to British courts; Sydney Morning Herald, 11/4/09

AP, via Sydney Morning Herald; Stormtrooper battle returns to British courts:

"The George Lucas empire struck back on Tuesday against a British prop designer who sold replicas of the Stormtrooper uniforms from the Star Wars movies.

Designer Andrew Ainsworth has fought a long legal battle against Lucasfilm Ltd, which sued him over the replica suits and helmets he sold through a website.

Ainsworth sculpted the Stormtrooper helmets for the first Star Wars movie in 1977 and later sold replicas of the moulded white uniforms, worn in the films by warriors of the evil Galactic Empire.

The case ended ambiguously at London's High Court last year. A judge ruled that Ainsworth had violated Lucas's US copyright, but rejected a copyright claim against him under British law, saying the costumes were not works of art."

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