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Jermaine Dupri
The Case of the Copyrighted Tattoo

When tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmilll learned that the design he created and applied on Mike Tyson's face in 2003 would figure prominently in the 2011 film "Hangover 2" without his consent, he sued to block the movie's release. Warner Brothers countersued, claiming that the design was used in parody and thus covered by fair use law. The court ruled to allow the movie's release and Whitmill's continuing lawsuit -- but to win, he'll have to prove that the film shrank the market for and value of his original work.

Hip-hop and R&B producer Jermaine Dupri's ears are finely tuned when it comes to the sounds of musical gold -- or platinum, actually. He wasn't yet 20 years old when he discovered the teen duo Kriss Kross. He created their image and produced their first CD -- it sold 4 million copies. Later collaborations with Mariah Carey, Run-DMC and Usher all resulted in multiple millions of sales.

Unfortunately, Jermaine's vision has been less than 20/20 when it's come to success in personal relationships. Seven years into his romance with singer-actress Janet Jackson, he got her exact and lovely likeness tattooed on his right side in a demure Virgin Mary pose -- check out photos of it on tattoo artist Jun Cha's blog. A few months later, the couple broke up, just as some naysayers predicted when Jermaine got the piece. But Jermaine couldn't read the writing on the wall (or the blogs), and now he may well be haunted by the ink on his stomach.

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