Access practice tools, as well as industry leading news, customizable alerts, dockets, and primary content, including a comprehensive collection of case law, dockets, and regulations. Leverage...
June 27 — Two courtroom sketch artists are suing HBO and the makers of a 2014 documentary about the FBI's investigation of an alleged 2009 terrorist plot, according to a complaint filed June 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ( Shepard v. Home Box Office, Inc., S.D.N.Y., No. 16-04909, complaint filed 6/24/16 ).
The complaint said that the “ Newburgh Sting” documentary displayed courtroom drawings by Andrea Shepard and Shirley Shepard without their permission.
The plaintiffs are seeking statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringed work as well as an injunction preventing HBO from showing the documentary again or otherwise profiting from it.
The defendants include Home Box Office Inc., which broadcast the documentary, as well as producers CovertProductions LLC, Broad Street Review and Daniel Rottenberg.
The movie displays the plaintiffs' sketches with their signatures removed, which should establish that the infringement was intentional, the complaint said.
The documentary tells the story of four Muslim men in New York who the FBI accused of conspiring to plan and carry out terrorist attacks. The defendants' lawyers claimed that the FBI entrapped them.
The film won a 2014 Peabody Award. It has also been nominated for other awards and featured at film festivals.
Garbarini FitzGerald P.C. represented the plaintiffs.
To contact the reporter on this story: Anandashankar Mazumdar in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Wilczek in Washington at email@example.com
Text available at http://src.bna.com/gho
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)