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  1. sithkeith1701

    sithkeith1701 Jedi Youngling star 1

    Mar 11, 2008
    This is from
    Empire strikes back as 'Star Wars' creator suesStory Highlights
    George Lucas' Lucasfilm, British prop designer face off over "Star Wars" designs

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    LONDON, England (AP) -- It's a storm in a Stormtrooper's helmet. Lawyers for George Lucas' Lucasfilm Ltd. and a British prop designer faced off in London's High Court Tuesday over rights to the molded white Stormtrooper uniforms from the "Star Wars" films.

    "Star Wars" prop designer Andrew Ainsworth, above, and Lucasfilm are in court over the films' Stormtroopers

    Standing alongside the bewigged, black-robed lawyers in court was the object of their dispute -- a 6-foot (1.83 meter) tall, helmeted warrior of the evil Galactic Empire. Lucasfilm attorney Michael Bloch called the menacing figure "one of the most iconic images in modern culture."

    Lucasfilm claims violation of copyright and trademarks by prop designer Andrew Ainsworth, who sculpted the Stormtrooper helmets for the first "Star Wars" movie in 1977. London-based Ainsworth sells replicas of the helmets and armor, which he says are made from the original molds, on his Web site for up to £1,000 ($2,000; ?1,300).

    Lucasfilm won a $20 million (?25 million) judgment against Ainsworth in a California court in 2006, and is seeking to have it enforced in Britain.

    Ainsworth is countersuing, claiming the copyright rests with him and seeking a share of merchandising revenue from the six "Star Wars" films, which his lawyers estimate at £12 billion ($24 billion; ?15 billion).

    Lucasfilm and its lawyers claim the design of the Stormtroopers was created by Lucas and his artistic team, and was already in place by the time Ainsworth was hired to create the helmets.

    "The look to be created had been worked on by a large team of people for perhaps more than a year," Bloch said at the start of the 10-day hearing.

    "We are not just talking here about the creation of a costume," he added. "It is part costume, part being."

    Lifelike as they are, he said -- in words to dismay many a "Star Wars" fan -- the Stormtroopers are not real.

    Bloch said there would be much talk during the case of helmets and armor.

    "There are no helmets; there is no armor," he said. "There are no half-human, half-cloned warriors such as Stormtroopers. What we are dealing with are characters of the imagination. ... They are the stuff of fantasy."

    They did not appear to be dream companions to the judge, Anthony Mann, who cast a glance at the silent Stormtrooper and a black-masked model of an imperial fighter pilot standing beside him.

    "Are they going to stay there for the entire trial?" he asked
  2. Darth_Beanie

    Darth_Beanie Jedi Knight star 2

    Mar 20, 2008
    That is great news for Lucas.

    Some people try to reason in their mind that it is ok to do stuff like that.

    How do you produce something that someone else created to sell without permission of that creator.

    This guy was commissioned to make the armor for the movies only.

    I guess he didn't understand that clearly.

    Well he does now. :)

  3. DarthIshyZ

    DarthIshyZ Chosen One star 6

    Jan 8, 2005

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