September 01, 2012

The Copyright Implications of Tattoos

Timothy C. Bradley

In the 2009 film The Hangover, after a particularly unruly bachelor party in Las Vegas, the film’s main characters wake up unable to determine what happened the night before. Upon realizing that they have kidnapped Mike Tyson’s tiger, they endeavor to return the tiger to its master. Tyson’s subsequent appearance in the film contributes substantially to the protagonists’ “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” experience, and Tyson’s famous facial tattoo is featured prominently in Tyson’s scenes.

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