Lucasfilm invokes the force of Sumption QC in Star Wars showdown

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  • I hope they lose, if only so they won't get any damages that could be used to make more Star Wars films.

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  • But if they win, at least these guys won't be able to afford to start making knock-off Jar Jar Binks masks...

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  • I'm in the office wearing a stormtrooper helmet right now and await the outcome of this case eagerly.

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  • Much waste of court time does this appear to be.

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  • Hmm, Sculpture that is not. Sumption, desperate you are.

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  • Only a waste of time if you believe that using designs and selling copies is acceptable business practices. Lucas owns all the IP related to Star Wars. Ainsworth was contracted at the time to mass produce the armour and helmets. The orginal designs were NOT from Ainsworth. Simple.

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  • i hope ainsworth loses the right to make & sell as he has nothing original
    well maybe his teeth

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  • Let him win.

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  • Princess Lucas: It's not over yet.
    Han Sumption: It is for *me*, sister. Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, Princess. I expect to be well paid. *I'm* in it for the money.
    Princess Lucas: You needn't worry about your reward. If money is all that you love, then that's what you'll receive.
    [to Luke]
    Princess Lucas: Your friend is quite the mercenary. I wonder if he really cares about anything. Or anybody.
    [she stalks out]
    Luke: [calling after her] I care.

    (with thanks to the guy who wrote the script.)

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  • I find George Lucas's lack of distinction between a sculpture and a commercial physical design disturbing.

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  • How totally bizarre that Sumption has been chosen. Great though he is, he's not an IP specialist. In fact, I've never heard of him doing an IP case. A real baptism of fire in the Supreme Court, it will be (back to Yoda speak).

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  • I have a bad feeling about this

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  • If the claim is successful and Ainsworth is struck down, he will become more powerful than Lucas could ever imagine.

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  • ooorrrrhhhhhhhh

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  • Agree Richard. Great barrister, not massive IP knowledge - Bloch must feel a bit peeved.
    Maybe Lucas thinks that it's a story in 3 parts with an overarching story arc - where are the Ewoks going to come from? I can imagine a reasonable line of argument - was the helmet created to fit into a particular creative vision for the film? I wonder if the answer would have been different if StarWars had been an edgy, avantegarde work?

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  • Han Sumption and Chewblocha..? Sumption gets all the best lines leaving the hapless sidekick to roar unintelligible comments?

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  • Ainsworth asked his mate Ackbar whether he should fight the claim in America, but was told that it was a trap.

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  • Thank you Lando for the mention. I also suggested to Obi Wan Ainsworth that the UK's Supreme Court was not going to be like 'shooting wamp rats in a T-16' either, but rather they should have considered the European Courts on the Forest Moon of Endor. Of course, that could turn out to be a trap too. (Although, at least on Endor, a tribe of friendly Euro-Ewoks might come to the rescue....)

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  • The Supreme Court? "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy". Sumption must be cautious.

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  • New carpets in Supreme Court enjoy they will.

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  • The Sumption people have left The Supreme Court for now. However, do not be fooled. The Sumption people are easily startled, but they'll soon be back, and in greater numbers.

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  • Han Sumption: Hokey defences and ancient copyright exceptions are no match for a good barrister at your side, kid.

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  • Run and run, this could. Realise lawyers were so witty, I did not.

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  • These are not the sculptures you are looking for...

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  • *beep* *beep* *bloop* *beep* *whistle*

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  • You'd have thought with the Blu-Rays coming out George would have had other things on his mind. Ah well - someone who got most of his ideas for the series from Akira Kurosawa, Joseph Campbell, Alex Raymond and Jack Kirby obviously has the moral high ground here. Grand Moff Sumption's got a busy year ahead of him.
    "Enforcement of US judgments through the back door, huh? Good idea".

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  • Use the torts, Lukeas.

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  • Luke: You know, I think that R2 unit we bought may have stolen IP rights for Stormtrooper helmets.
    Uncle Owen: What makes you think that?
    Luke: Well, I stumbled across a recording while I was cleaning him. He says that he belongs to someone named Obi-Wan Lucas. I thought he might have meant old Ben. Do you know what he's talking about?
    Uncle Owen: Uh-uh.
    Luke: I wonder if he's related to Movie Mogul Lucas?
    Uncle Owen: That wizard is just a crazy old man.

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  • Mmmmmm, ei pee noleege laaaakin. Spasteelia a courta bunkadunka. Race a spuce adoobla, Sumption.

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  • I think I'm on the wrong post... Where do I go to read about the enforcement order relating to William Shatner's personal guarantee on the loan for the USS Enterprise??

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  • Had to spoil it, you did.

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  • Slightly OT: Is legalese one of C3PO's 6 million languages?
    Thanks everyone for an amusing lunchtime read....
    :-)

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  • Of bigger interest to the fan-base is the fact that Ainsworth made a number of increasing ludicrous claims that effectively put him forward as the creative driving force behind Starwars (created 200 characters?), and solely responsible for it receiving financing and subsequent success. He also denies that Liz Moore, the artist responsible for the iconic Stormtrooper helmet, had any involvement in it. That has raised the ire of a number of fans.

    There are a number of issues that won't be addressed in this hearing but really should come to light. I'm hoping that Lucasfilm are successful not because of the strength of their case or the impact on the industry, but solely to see Ainsworth lose.

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