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Film Fridays – Netflix doc sued for using unlicensed material

The 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas was a major disaster and nightmare for hundreds of guests who were scammed out of their $12,000 tickets and Netflix is set to release a documentary about it that is now being sued for scamming a festival-goer out of his footage. This type of lawsuit is also not new for Netflix who has been sued twice before over using footage without permission. 

Festival goer, Austin Mills, reported that he turned down Netflix’s request to license his footage, but the media company went ahead and used it because of how powerful it footage was. Mills had captured other festival-goers “discovering the dire reality of the situation” and “the festival organizer addressing the distressed attendees”.

According to Law360,  there is another scam at play beneath the surface. The documentary’s producer Jerry Media was also the social media agency behind the Fyre Festival. “The lawsuit claims that the whole film project is “little more than a media campaign to absolve some defendants of their complicity in [the original Fyre Festival] scam”.

– Excerpt from an article for Complete Music Update by Andy Malt. Find the full article here


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