Nearly a dozen documentaries about music legends including Elton, the Rolling Stones, and U2 "are nothing more than a delivery system for intentionally infringed materials," according to a new lawsuit.
The Hollywood Reporter says that a group of companies that own the rights to some of the most popular songs of all time on Monday sued Coda Publishing, Vision Films, director Robert Carruthers and others. The suit alleges "purported documentaries" featuring the aforementioned artists as well as ABBA, Nirvana, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Red Hot Chili Peppers used protected music without permission.
The allegedly infringing flicks are: Elton John - in Performance; The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties; The Rolling Stones – Big Hits; ABBA – the Gold Singles; U2 – Phenomenon – Part 2; Nirvana – The Path From Incesticide to In Utero; Nirvana – the Ultimate Review; Red Hot Chili Peppers – Behind the Music; Red Hot Chili Peppers – Phenomenon; and Lynyrd Skynyrd – Rock Case Studies.
Amazon appears to have pulled the titles, but at the time of publication some of them were still available for rental or purchase though Vimeo.
The complaint, which was filed in New York federal court, asks the court to declare the defendants willfully infringed the copyrights, to order that all copies of the films be destroyed and to award statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement or actual damages plus the defendants' profits.