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Newspaper Accuses Moore of Copyright Infringement in <I>Fahrenheit</I> Headline

3 Aug, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

Michael Moore's already controversial film Fahrenheit 9/11 is facing more controversy that could potentially affect its video release.

A Bloomington, Ill., newspaper, The Pantagraph, has reportedly accused Moore of copyright infringement for showing a headline from the newspaper in the film without permission and out of context. The paper's lawyer drafted a letter to the filmmaker requesting an apology and $1 in damages, according to Editor & Publisher magazine.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment declined comment on whether the copyright infringement case would affect the video release of Fahrenheit 9/11.

The newspaper clipping in question was shown in the film as though it were a major news headline, when in fact it was part of an opinion piece, the newspaper is contending, according to E&P.

As the film opened in theaters in June, it was hit from the conservative watchdog group Citizens United, which filed complaints with the FCC and the Federal Election Campaign [FEC], alleging that “Michael Moore and the companies and individuals involved in the marketing and distribution of the film are about to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act.”

Citizens United has not yet filed a complaint against the video release of the title.

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