A federal judge in Missouri has denied famed tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill's request to block Warner Bros. from releasing 'The Hangover Part II.'

Whitmill gave Mike Tyson the well-known facial ink that allegedly inspired Ed Helms' tat in the film; he claimed copyright infringement because the studio did not seek his approval before using the design. According to Whitmill, his design for Tyson is "one of the most distinctive tattoos in the nation" and he owned the rights to it.

"We are very gratified by the court's decision which will allow the highly anticipated film, 'The Hangover Part II,' to be released on schedule this week around the world," Warner Bros. said in a statement. "Plaintiff's failed attempt to enjoin the film in order to try and extract a massive settlement payment from Warner Bros. was highly inappropriate and unwarranted."
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