It appears that the final battle from Star Wars will happen in an English court. In this legal sequel, Andrew Ainsworth, a prop designer, is up against the empire headed by director George Lucas and his massive company, Lucasfilm. The dispute is over the rights to the stormtrooper costumes. It seems that Ainsworth may be making costumes from the original mold from the film. “Obi-Wan has taught you well,'” young Ainsworth, but the courts may have different plans for you and your stormtroopers.
The question in the case turns on who owns the copyright to these iconic outfits linked to the movie that first aired in 1977. Ainsworth insists: “As far as I am concerned I am the original maker and I’m using the original moulds.” Ainsworth discovered some of the original helmets in “his cupboard” and began to make replicas.
Yet, as Yoda says, “there is another.” Lucas has won a prior court fight over the costumes in California. Click here
Now, the Lucas Empire Stikes back with an english lawsuit designed to stop Ainsworth as permanently as the destruction of the planet Alderaan by the death star.
Ainsworth no doubt will find strength in Yoda’s final words:
Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Luke… Luke… do not… do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor or suffer your father’s fate you will. Luke, when gone am I… the last of the Jedi will you be. Luke, the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned, Luke.
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