Church of God sues Sony Pictures for copyright Infringement
In April, S. Victor Whitmill filed a lawsuit to block Warner Bros.’ May 26th release of the Hangover 2, which featured, without authorization, a tattoo that Whitmill had designed for and applied to boxer Mike Tyson’s face. Last week, the Church of God filed a lawsuit against Sony Worldwide Acquisitions claiming the comedy Salvation Boulevard reproduces, in mirror image, the Church of God’s cross mark.
The film, which opened in limited release on July 15, stars Greg Kinnear as a former Grateful Dead fanatic who catches his evangelical preacher (Pierce Brosnan) in a compromising situation. Based on Larry Beinhart’s book of the same title, the movie co-stars Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connelly.
According to a complaint obtained by TorrentFreak, the Church of God – which considers itself to be more than 6 million members strong around the globe – is accusing Sony Pictures, Mandalay Pictures, IFC Films and Comcast of “copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition by using a mirrored version of the church’s logo in the film.” (as seen below)
The church has asked the courts to stop the distribution of the film, as well as to burn all copies, promotional materials and merchandising relating to the motion picture. They also – and here’s the important part – seek “compensation” for the damages caused by the film.
You know, the film that nobody went to see that weekend. Salvation Boulevard opened in four theaters last weekend and earned a grand total of $7,208, according to BoxOfficeMojo. The movie has an 8% Fresh grade on Rotten Tomatoes, and isn’t about to set the world on fire. This isn’t like the Church of God is going after Harry Potter, or suing the producers of The Hangover over a facial tattoo. Filing a lawsuit only brings attention to a film that likely wasn’t going to earn any more from this point out, and likely won’t help either party in the end.
Posted on July 28, 2011, in Christan, Movies, Religious and tagged Church of God, Comcast, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear, IFC Films, Jennifer Connelly, Larry Beinhart, Mandalay Pictures, Marisa Tomei, Pierce Brosnan, Sony Pictures. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.