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.