$20M Award Reveals "Dark Side" Of Costume Making

Law360, New York (October 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A British costume maker has been ordered to pay $20 million to production company Lucasfilm Ltd., after a judge found the company’s pricy, unlicensed copies of gear from the Star Wars trilogy violated Lucasfilm’s copyright.

Lucasfilm, owned by Star Wars creator George Lucas, filed the lawsuit to stop the sale of so-called stormtrooper costumes sold by popular London-based Shepperton Design Studios Ltd. and its owner, Andrew Ainsworth.

The stiff penalty was handed down Sept. 26 by Judge R. Gary Klaus in the U.S. District Court for...
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