Copyright, in your face!

Iron Mike

Just had to point to this copy­right lit­i­ga­tion over Mike Tyson’s face tat­too.  I hope this doesn’t set­tle — I really want to read the judge’s fair use analy­sis.

Seri­ously though, what a fas­ci­nat­ing con­text for copy­right.  Could a court order a tat­too removed or cov­ered if it infringed another’s copy­right?  Can a tat­too artist really assert exclu­sive rights when the medium in which their work is fixed is the skin of another human being?  What counts as “mak­ing money” from a tat­too?  Does a tat­too — espe­cially one on the face — become part of the bearer’s per­sona so as to impli­cate their exclu­sive right of pub­lic­ity?

See?  Copy­right is awe­some.