• Copyright Over Body Art
  • January 31, 2013 | Authors: Tara Parker; Jaclyn Seidman; Carolyn Stamegna; David Zitzerman
  • Law Firm: Goodmans LLP - Toronto - Toronto Office
  • In October, Rick Genest, a model from Montreal who appeared in a Lady Gaga video (and has been called “Zombie Boy” for his distinctive skeletal body art) claimed that Twentieth Century Fox Television infringed his copyright when it featured a character wearing skeletal body makeup in an episode of FX’s American Horror Story. In an earlier, more high profile case, Whitmill v. Warner Bros., tattoo artist Victor Whitmill claimed that the “tribal” style tattoo appearing on actor Ed Helms’ face after a night of debauchery in the movie Hangover 2 was an unauthorized reproduction of the face tattoo design created by Whitmill for Mike Tyson, who appeared in the first Hangover movie.