Star Wars Empire Strikes Back in Copyright War
Posted on 7:04pm Thursday 28th Jul 2011
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK IN COPYRIGHT WAR
The Star Wars empire triumphed in a English Supreme Court battle today in a multi-million Pound Sterling copyright dispute over the evil stormtroopers.
Judges unanimously ruled in favour of Lucus Films and George Lucas, who created the science fiction phenomenon, in a dispute over reproductions of a helmet design.
They had to decide whether the helmets were sculptures and whether a claim that US copyright law had been infringed was “justiciable in England”.
In previous actions the Star Wars empire had failed to stop British prop designer Andrew Ainsworth – who helped produce the helmets and suits used in the 1977 film – selling replicas.
The Court said the helmet was not sculpture but paved the way for proceedings to be brought in England over claims of breaches of US copyright.