The classic Stormtrooper costume in the original Star Wars films is iconic and were designed by the 62 year old, UK designer Andrew Ainsworth. However, years after film were made; these suits are still being made using the same moulds as the originals, because Ainsworth has a side line in replica Stormtrooper suits, which sell for around £1,500 each!
Anyway, as most people are aware anything to do with Star Wars is strongly defended by George Lucas and in actual fact, the producer actually successfully sued Ainsworth for $20 million in 2004, when the replicas were first sold. However, this ruling was overthrown by several courts and now in the most recent court case it has been thrown out for good.
Leading intellectual property lawyer Simon Bennett of Fox Williams LLP said;
“The judges concluded that the helmet could not be regarded as an artistic work because it was a mass produced item – remember how many storm troopers there were? – and has an utilitarian role,”
This is massive save for the designer, who naturally keep on producing and selling the outfits, in the UK anyway!
According to the Twickenham based designer, Andrew Ainsworth;
“This is a massive victory, a total victory; we’ve already got the champagne out, I am proud to report that in the English legal system David can prevail against Goliath if his cause is right. If there is a force, then it has been with me these past five years.”