The Empire Loses Against Stormtrooper Prop Maker

George Lucas has lost yet again. After the disaster that was Indiana Jones 4: Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, he’s lost a copyright court case against Andrew Ainsworth, the prop maker who created the first stormtrooper helmet in 1977, based on drawings by Ralph McQuarry.

The case was about Ainsworth’s rights to sell stormtrooper helmets and armor, which he needed to help fund his school fees. The battle was long, as it lasted around 11 years and costing Ainsworth £700,000 in legal fees. The U.S. courts sided with George Lucas, but Ainsworth lived in the U.K., therefore, they had to go through a U.K. court system.

I’m going to have to side with Lucas on this one. George Lucas loves his fans, as is the case every year where he gets to pick his favorite fan-made Star Wars short films at San Diego Comic-Con. He just doesn’t like it when people make money off of his intellectual property. In the states, if you’re working on a project for a company, it belongs to the company. It’s called work for hire. It seems that the U.K. doesn’t share the same sentiment.

Source: BBC

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