U.S. News | Antique Mapmaker Sues Netflix and Amazon over Bruce Willis Film

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Baker filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against Penguin Random House doing business as Random House Films, Amazon Technologies and Netflix alleging the defendants infringed the copyright of a map of Curacao shown in several scenes “Lay the Favorite”, a 2012 film starring Bruce Willis without permission.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the film, Lay the Favorite, which stars Vince Vaughn and Catherine Zeta-Jones is based on Curacao, an island 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela.

The plaintiff alleges that the Baker’s map of Curacao was prominently displayed in several scenes, tacked to the wall of the office where gambling operations took place.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the map played a significant role in the movie especially the storyline that the characters have located their gambling operation in Curacao.

The plaintiff reportedly said that it creates antique-style, watercolour maps of the Caribbean islands and other locations and sells these to tourists.

Baker reportedly said that the defendants’ infringement was willful and has caused lots of damages and confusion.

Baker seeks permanent injunction of distributing the film with scenes displaying the map by the defendants and payment for damages up to $150,000.

The case is ongoing.

Victor Baker, d/b/a One Treasure Limited and One Treasure Ltd. v. Penguin Random House, L.L.C. et al

Judge:Robert Pitman
Court:Texas Western District Court
Case #:1:20-cv-00004
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed:January 02, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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