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George Lucas Sues British Designer Over Stormtrooper Costumes

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The legal battle between George Lucas and British designer Andrew Ainsworth is far from over.

Ainsworth is responsible for the original Stormtrooper costumes from 1977’s Star Wars. And since he designed them, he thinks he’s entitled to sell the replicas online.

Lucas doesn't agree and back in 2004 he successfully sued Ainsworth for $20 million for selling replicas of the models but that didn’t stop the designer from selling it in other countries.

As for Lucas, his appeal in the UK was later thrown out by judges in 2008, so now he's taken his case to the UK Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the supreme court heard the arguments from Lucas’ side with the other side arguing the costumes had a "utilitarian purpose" making them industrial props and not "works of art" so they aren’t to be covered by British copyright laws.

We'll have to wait to see what the courts decide.

But do U think Ainsworth should have the rights to sell replicas of a costume he created for a movie?

[Image via Manuil Yamalyan/WENN.]

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