Criterion's Janus Films Sued By Merchant Ivory For Copyright Infringement

Room With A View filmmakers Merchant Ivory are suing the distributers behind the Criterion Collection series for copyright infringement. In a 16-page complaint (read it here) filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, Merchant Ivory claims Janus Films is distributing 25 of the company’s movies despite an expired licensing deal. “Defendant Janus, without the permission, authorization or consent of Plaintiffs, has licensed and copied, distributed, reproduced, modified, performed and/or displayed the films in the Film Library, or have permitted others to do so, without the permission or consent of Plaintiffs, and continue to do so recklessly, willfully and maliciously in an attempt to damage the Plaintiff and enrich itself,” says the complaint. Wanting a jury trial, Merchant Ivory is seeking the court to stop Janus from further distribution as well as statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringement plus legal fees. Merchant Ivory is also seeking well any profits Janus many have made from the films in question and any losses it might have incurred in not being able to distribute them. (more…)

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