Monday, September 14, 2015

Injunction Granted at Telluride To Prevent Screening of ‘Amazing Grace’

An injunction has been granted by a Colorado Federal judge to prevent the screening of Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival, happening this weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter
The documentary had been scheduled to screen at 7:30 p.m. in Telluride. In the wake of the court ruling, the festival announced it would screen Jennifer Peedom‘s Sherpa, a documentary about the Sherpas who assist climbers on Mt. Everest, in that screening slot. While the festival sent out a notice alerting festivalgoers that “a Colorado judge has granted the injunction to block the screening of Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival” and announcing the Sherpa substitution, it did not immediately offer any further comment on the situation.
After reviewing the Court’s decision it appears that the ruling was based on Ms. Franklin’s Right of Publicity Claims as well as the federal anti-bootlegging statute. 17 USC 1101(1). Particularly telling is that the judge stated that “a film that essentially recreates the entire concert experience is not fair use of this footage” and that “Ms. Franklin has a high likelihood of success on the merits.”

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