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The 'force' abandons George Lucas in copyright case

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The 'force' abandons George Lucas in copyright case


Stormtroopers helmets from the blockbusting Star Wars films have recently been caught up in a galactic legal battle.

A British prop designer has challenged the George Lucas Empire and won the right to make and sell replicas of the head gear in Britain.

Andrew Ainsworth British industrial designer said it was a David and Goliath battle: “It’s really one man against the might of Lucas, which is a multi-billion dollar organisation. So it is difficult, it is difficult to fight large companies and every legal advice you take will say 90 percent of the time big money wins.”

Ainsworth kept the original moulds and tools from when he worked for the film studio which produced the 1977 movie. He has been producing them ever since for fans.

Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that the replicas were not covered by copyright law because they were not a work of art – something Star Wars aficionados might dispute.

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