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Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmets, U.K. Not Copyrightable, U.S. Infringement

John Richards 1. Introduction On July 27, 2011, in LucasFilm Ltd v. Ainsworth the United Kingdom  Supreme Court (which took over the judicial functions of the House of Lords in October 2009) in a joint judgment by Lords Walker and Collins delivered a judgment defeating a bid by George Lucas’ company (“Lucasfilm”) to stop unauthorized manufacture and sale of the iconic Imperial Stormtrooper helmets used in the 1977 Star Wars film later...

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