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Designer uses 'the force' in Star Wars fight

Cathy Gordon

Published 28/07/2011 | 05:00

a prop designer who made the original Stormtrooper helmets for the first 'Star Wars' film has won a supreme court battle in Britain to continue producing replicas, but faces a damages payout to the creators of the science-fiction blockbuster.

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Judges ruled the helmets were not "sculptures", meaning that Lucasfilm, founded by George Lucas, failed to stop Andrew Ainsworth (62) selling replicas from his London studio.

Mr Ainsworth, who made 50 helmets for the film, said: "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."

Ainsworth's attorney, Seamus Andrew, said that means the designer may have to pay damages to Lucasfilm for the US sales, but he has not sold much merchandise there.

The judges said Ainsworth had sold between $8,000 (€5,567) and $30,000 (€20,878) worth of goods in the US.

Irish Independent

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