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The authors of the movie "Star Wars" costumes are suing the creators of Heroes

April 8 2008

High Court in London today began consideration of a claim the authors of the famous film "Star Wars" to the British design studio, which claims the right to become "business card" of the movie costumes and helmets of soldiers of the Galactic Empire. The case, entitled "Lucasfilm Ltd against Shepperton Design Studios", will be a continuation of this lawsuit, won earlier in a U.S. court by filmmaker George Lucas, author of six episodes of the epic "Star Wars". The conflict dates back to late 1970's, when a little-known director Lucas conceived risky project in a not too popular then science fiction. On sketches by the artist Ralph Macquarie Britain Shepperton studio created the first designs became famous costumes and hats for "Imperial stormtrooper" - combat units of the Galactic Empire. Their image was later replicated throughout the world, including in advertising and souvenir production of "Star Wars". Squads "storm troopers" appeared on the premiere of the film on the streets of cities around the world, including even the Croisette in Cannes. Shepperton Design Studios, in turn, also continues to produce and sell clothing and helmets, soldiers of the Galactic Empire. A formal contract between filmmakers and the British design studio at the time concluded there was, therefore, only the court can decide exactly who owns the copyright to the famous costumes. According to experts, this situation can be viewed from two perspectives. If we take the basic starting point copyright of the artist, the truth is on the side of Lucasfilm, as the validity of the copyrights - the whole life of the author plus 70 years after his death. If the court will tilt to the side of the argument Shepperton Design Studios that suits and hats made for the movie under the law on industrial design, the designers will be right, because after 10 years of production ceases to be copyrighted, and its customer can issue anyone . Lucasfilm intends to fiercely defend its intellectual property rights in Star Wars. " In addition to the $ 20 million, which Lucasfilm has received as compensation by a decision of the U.S. court, the company claims the same amount as a result of the London hearing. Fans as "Star Wars" expect new demos costumed performers in front of the High Court, is not particularly sorting out who is the manufacturer of equipment for their favorite film characters, according to RIA-Novosti.

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