Brazil's Catholic Church Sues Columbia Pictures For Destroying Jesus Statue In 2012... In Violation Of Its Copyright
from the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up dept
Columbia Pictures still showed the statue getting destroyed -- and claims that it did get the proper permission... but from the estate of the sculptor, rather than the church. Apparently, everyone's negotiating this out, and the Church says it wants the movie studio to admit it "meant no offense." Of course, I'm sure the studio meant no offense, but it does make you wonder, yet again, why copyright law should prevent a statue from being shown in a movie. Not that Hollywood tends to be a big fan of fair use, but you would think that it would have a pretty strong claim to the idea that, even if the statue is covered by copyright, this particular use was not infringing.