Use of movie posters leads to copyright lawsuit against Spike Lee

| Jun 3, 2014 | Copyright Law

Well-known Hollywood director Spike Lee and his production company have been named in a copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of a designer’s posters being used to promote the film “Oldboy” without his permission. According to the lawsuit, the designer created the movie posters for the film and offered them to the defendants. However, they never paid him for the posters, which was a condition of using the movie posters. 

Much to the designer’s dismay, the defendants used the movie posters without his permission and without making a deal to pay him. In addition to the director and production company using the movie posters without paying the designer, they attributed the copyright to Lee and his production company instead of the designer. 

The lawsuit claims the director and production company violated copyright laws by using his movie posters without paying him and falsely said they created the movie posters instead of giving the designer credit for his work. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the defendants knowingly made these violations and distributed false information about who designed the movie posters. The designer is seeking damages and profits from the director and production company for their violations. 

This case is an example of the legal action individuals can take if they believe someone else has committed copyright infringement. When another company uses someone else’s materials without permission or claims the materials as their own, the victim may be able to pursue a copyright infringement lawsuit against the company. Legal action can help victims stop others from using their materials without their permission as well as provide compensation. 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, “Spike Lee Sued Over ‘Oldboy’ Movie Posters,” Eriq Gardner, May 28, 2014

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