A lawsuit has been filed over the mask design used by AEW’s Luchasaurus.
On December 20, Composite Effects, LLC made a legal complaint against AEW and Austin Matelson (the real identity of Luchasurus), claiming that copyrighted material is being used for merchandise without the designer’s permission.
Composite Effects claims that it owns licensing and design rights for the mask, which AEW has overstepped by producing merchandise. They state the following,
“Matelson was entitled to use the mask in events as a wrestler, but neither he nor anyone acting on his behalf was entitled to create merchandise that incorporated the mask design.”
The lawsuit features various examples of AEW using the mask design for merchandise, including on t-shirts and for action figures.
Matelson worked with Composite Effects in late 2016 for a modified version of their ‘Viper Silicone Mask’ and a modified version was created in March 2019 to add horns.
Composite Effects claims it wrote messages in 2022 to AEW and Matelson asking them to stop using the design or come to a licensing agreement, but no deal was made.
The case is filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana, where Composite Effects is based.