George Lucas must share rights to stormtrooper design, says judge

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Jul 4, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT

If you bought one of prop designer Andrew Ainsworth's replica stormtrooper helmets and were worried that Lucasfilm would send Boba Fett or one of the other Star Wars bounty hunters after you, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Three judges of the High Court dismissed an appeal and ruled that a £10 million damages award granted in the U.S. courts against Ainsworth, who helped manufacture the helmets and suits for the first Star Wars film in 1977, could not be enforced in the U.K.

While we're pleased that Ainsworth can continue selling replicas cast from the molds used to make the original stormtrooper helmets and armor, we've got a bone to pick with Lord Justice Jacob because of the reason he gave as to why the U.S. judgment could not be enforced.

According to the London Telegraph, the suit was dismissed because the Star Wars collectibles in question "were not works of art."

Excuse us, Lord Justice? Did you actually bother to look at a stormtrooper helmet? If that universally recognized white helmet isn't a work of art, we don't know what is!

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