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+ - William Faulkner sues Woody Allen for Copyright Infringement 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "CNN reports that Faulkner Literary Rights — which represents Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner's estate — has sued representatives of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" for misquoting the famous line, "The past is never dead. It's not even past" and asking for "damages, disgorgement of profits, costs and attorney fees." Lee Caplin, executor of the Faulkner estate, believes the movie went over the line in its use of the quotation, which comes from Faulkner's 1950 work "Requiem for a Nun." “This is frivolous lawsuit and we are confident we will prevail in defending it," says Sony. "There is no question this brief reference (10 words) to a quote from a public speech Faulkner gave constitutes fair use and any claim to the contrary is without merit.” Neville Johnson, an entertainment lawyer who specializes in copyright and fair use, thinks the Faulkner estate is grasping. The quote is short, for one thing — nine words, a tiny fraction of the original book "You're telling me one sentence gets you a copyright infringement action? I don't think so," Johnson says. Caplin disagrees with that line of thinking. "It puzzles me that people think size matters.""
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