Each year, Independent/Artists create and subsequently market their projects (movies, songs, screenplays, cartoons etc.) to major entertainment companies/record labels, in hopes of seeking major distribution/recognition only to realize their dream has turned into their worst nightmare:
their songs are heard on national radio stations produced/written by superstars, movies released, shown and distributed by major motion picture corporations, cartoons/movies shown on national television etc., years later, without the original Independent/Artist being credited nor compensated for their works. Essentially, their projects have been, allegedly, stolen by major superstars/producers/corporations etc., and their court cases subsequently dismissed by judges’ “opinions” on Summary Judgment Motions; essentially stating that there were no material facts in each of those cases; NONE of those cases could have won if allowed to proceed to trial.
Most importantly, we allege that these dismissals have denied these Artists their Constitutional, Seventh Amendment right to an unbiased jury trial of their peers.
Such allegations have been statistically validated by a Beverly Hills, California attorney and officer of the court: Attorney Steven T. Lowe, in his article titled "Death of Copyright, The Perfect Storm." November, 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BVqtZ7KwIs ) where he stated that 96% (46/48) of all copyright infringement cases filed against major networks and studios, and the lower courts within those circuits, (in two of the bigger circuits, New York and California) NEVER had to face a jury in copyright infringement lawsuits, IN THE LAST 20 YEARS! Is it realistic or conceivable that NOT ONE OF THOSE 46/48 CASES COULD HAVE WON...IN A 20 YEAR PERIOD?
InJustice for All…Summary MisJudgment, is a groundbreaking Documentary which takes you through five multi-million/billion dollar copyright infringement lawsuits against major entertainment corporations/celebrities for some of the nation's most recognized works:
Case 1) Holla'back vs. Young'N (Holla back)-Trajik and Carla B. Boone sued rapper Fabolous, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (The Neptunes) et. al. for alleged similarities to Trajik’s hip hop song
Case 2) Pay the Price v. Drumline- Darryl D. Lassiter sued Dallas Austin and 20th Century Fox, et. al. for Drumline’s similarities to Lassiter’s movie
Case 3) Bob Spongee v. Sponge Bob Squarepants- Troy Walker sued Steven Hillenberg, Nickelodeon and Viacom et. al. for SpongeBob SquarePants’ similarities to Walker’s cartoon Bob Spongee
Case 4) Psi-Ops vs. Psi-Ops (MindGate Conspiracy)- William Crawford III sued Midway Games for Psi-Ops (Mindgate Conspiracy's) similarities to Crawford’s screenplay
Case 5) No Harm No Foul/Bronx House vs. Life- Gregory L. Hudson sued Eddie Murphy and Universal Studios et. al. for similarities to Hudson’s stage plays
We detail similarities/evidence, on the courts’ records, between the pieces, the law and the alleged legal/illegal maneuvering to get these cases dismissed “by any and every means necessary!”
Additionally, documented, scholarly research/testimony is shown which we allege further validates these allegations of the ''Unfair, Unethical and Unconstitutional" nature of these dismissals.
The negative/significant/adverse impact this process has had upon the lives, health, small businesses/careers/finances of hard-working, law abiding, tax-paying citizens are also discussed in detail.
What incentive is there for anyone NOT TO STEAL INDEPENDENT/ARTISTS WORKS if we allow this trend to continue? For, if 96% of alleged criminals (bank robbers, pedophiles, rapists etc.) were allowed to, essentially, NEVER have to go to trial and they were, subsequently set “Scott-free” (as are these major networks and studios) after being charged, the public outcry would be deafening...once they are made aware of this INJUSTICE!
This piece has been produced to Educate, Entertain and Empower Independent/Artists, in addition to the public, nationwide, to collectively join forces to eradicate the Illegal, Unethical, Unjust and, more importantly, UnConstitutional dismissal of copyright infringement cases on Summary Judgment Motions and help prevent the ''Death of Copyright."**
This documentary raises awareness of how Hollywood has, allegedly, stolen some of the biggest motion pictures, television shows, cartoons, songs etc...in the Name of the Law (Summary Judgment)…. eventually bringing creativity to its DEATH if this practice is allowed to continue.
Professor John Bronsteen http://www.luc.edu/law/faculty/docs/bronsteen/against_summary_judgment.pdf
**http://www.pr.com/press-release/443829-Death of Copyright The Sequel