stormtrooper helmet battle
to all star wars lovers….
loyal to their emperor, stormtroopers are the most recognized symbol of imperial might,
and europeans can breathe a sigh of relief, as they can still buy one of the stormtrooper helmets,
without worrying about lucasfilm sending boba fett after them.
andrew ainsworth, from twickenham, south-west london, made the original stormtrooper helmets
for the star wars film in 1976 as a favour to a costume designer friend. in 2004, he dug out the
original moulds from his cellar and began producing them through his company,
shepperton design studios, along with suits of stormtrooper armour.
since then, there has been a bit of an intergalactic battle over who owns the rights to producing
the helmet. lucasfilm and ainsworth first faced-off in california where lucasfilm won a damages
judgement for copyright infringement according to american copyright laws. they then appealed
to UK courts. now, three judges of london’s high court have rejected lucasfilm’s appeal
and have granted ainsworth the rights to continue selling the memorabilia, of which he has sold
2 000 to date. this is due to the fact that the helmets are not covered by UK copyright law,
as they aren’t considered ‘works of art’.
it seems that the force is with mr. ainsworth.