Faulkner's Estate Sues Sony Over Paraphrased Quote In Woody Allen Film
In Woody Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson's character has the following bit of dialogue:
"The past is not dead! Actually, it's not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a dinner party."
It paraphrases one of William Faulkner more famous quotes, from 1951's Requiem for a Nun: "The past is never dead. It's not even past."
To Faulkner's estate, that's enough to sue Sony for copyright infringement. Here's what the lawsuit says, courtesy of I Watch Stuff:
The use of the infringing quote and of William Faulkner's name in the infringing film is likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, and/or to deceive the infringing film's viewers as to a perceived affiliation, connection or association between William Faulkner and his works, on the one hand, and Sony, on the other hand.
I'm totally in favor of artists and estates defending an intellectual property, but this is a bit of a stretch. What do you think? Is Faulkner's estate overstepping its bounds, or is this necessary to defend Faulkner's work?
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