Lawsuit Accuses Multiple Rock Documentaries Of Copyright Infringement

A new lawsuit recently filed in New York federal court accuses the producers of documentaries about some of the world’s biggest rock bands of infringing on copyrighted material.

The lawsuit, filed by a group of companies that own the rights to the songs, described the documentaries about music legends such as The Rolling Stones, U2 and Elton John as “nothing more than a delivery system for intentionally infringed materials.”

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Universal Music Group, Polygram, and ABKCO Music & Records, while the defendants include Coda Publishing, Vision Films and director Robert Carruthers.

The suit also targets documentaries featuring ABBA, Nirvana, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon appears to have pulled the titles in response to the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The complaint asks the court to declare the defendants willfully infringed the copyrights and to order the defendants to destroy all copies of the films.

The plaintiffs are also seeking statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infraction or actual damages plus any profits the defendants made from the films.

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