Last month, Faulkner Literary Rights filed a copyright case
against Sony Pictures Classics, accusing Sony of infringing a quote from
William Faulkner's book, Requiem for a
Nun. The original quote, "The past
is never dead. It's not even past," was allegedly used in Woody Allen's movie, Midnight
According to the complaint, the movie's main character speaks
the infringing lines:
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.
Sony allegedly did not seek nor receive permission before
creating, publishing and/or distributing the film. The complaint goes on to
allege that use of the infringing quote and Faulkner's name is likely to cause
confusion as to a perceived affiliation between William Faulkner and Sony.
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