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Spike Lee slapped with copyright infringement lawsuit

6/17/2014

Filmmaker Spike Lee has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit by artist Juan Luis Garcia over his Oldboy movie posters. In November (13), Garcia wrote an open letter to the Do the Right Thing director claiming the advertisement agency bosses behind the film had used the images without his permission after he declined to allow them to be used because of a low monetary offer. The artist also took issue with the tags reading, "© 2013 Spike Lee," and "© 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.," which were featured on the posters. Lee reacted to the letter insisting he had never heard of Garcia and would not pay him any money for the posters. Garcia has now decided to move forward with his claims in a lawsuit filed in California on Tuesday (27May14), according to The Hollywood Reporter. in the legal papers his lawyer states, "This copyright attribution is false, as Plaintiff owns these posters, not anyone else, and the images were not owned or under license to Defendants. "Moreover, Defendants knew this was false at the time these posters were created, but continued to reproduce and distribute this false information."

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