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Background: Lucasfilm v Ainsworth

James Nurton and Fionn O'Raghallaigh, London


The UK Supreme Court’s first copyright case goes back to the mid-1970s and concerns one of the most successful movie franchises ever. Here’s the story so far…

Mid-1970s George Lucas conceives Star Wars film and commissions initial drawings; art department set up in the UK. Costume and set design begins by early 1976.

January 1976 Clay models of stormtrooper helmets are commissioned from Nick Pemberton. Following discussions,...


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