George Lucas’ lawsuit against prop designer Andrew Ainsworth over replica Stormtrooper costumes has reached the U.K. Supreme Court.
Star Wars creator Lucas is suing Ainsworth because he doesn’t think he has the right to sell the replica costumes.
Ainsworth had original built the Stormtrooper costumes from sketches while working on a Star Wars film in 1977. The designer has been selling the replica costumes for years based on his original moulds.
Lucas argues that Ainsworth doesn’t have the copyright to sell the Star Wars costume and has taken his lawsuit to the highest civil action court in Britain.
Ainsworth, who has been in the headlines for years now because of his dispute with Lucas, is making a good profit off the costumes, selling two original Stormtrooper helmets at an auction in 2004 for $97,000 (£60,000).
According to The Guardian, the Supreme Court heard that it was an “implied term” of the working agreement that Ainsworth “would not be entitled to retain copyright for the artifacts.”
Lucas won his case in the U.S. when he sued Ainsworth for $20 million in 2004. Ainsworth then stopped selling the costumes in the U.S. and Lucas’ case was thrown out on appeal in 2008 in the U.K. by judges in the Royal Court of Justice.
According to archives, Justice Mann held that the costumes had a “utilitarian purpose,” and were trade props instead of “works of art” so they were not covered under British copyright laws.
The ruling was sustained in 2009 by Lord Justices Rix, Jacobs and Paten at the court of appeal.
The suit continues with Lucas reportedly calling on his filmmaker friends including James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, and Peter Jackson during the case.
Wait a minute…isn’t Lucas already filthy rich?