Film & TV

Quoting William Faulkner Might Be Copyright Infringement, as ‘Midnight in Paris’ Distributors Find Out

Film & TV

Quoting William Faulkner Might Be Copyright Infringement, as ‘Midnight in Paris’ Distributors Find Out

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The charm of Midnight in Paris was watching Owen Wilson traipse his way through early 20th century literary culture, uncovering new historical figures to interact with. But not everyone found it so charming, apparently: Sony Picture Classics, the distributor of Parisis being sued by the owners of William Faulkner’s literary works for a part in the film where Wilson paraphrases one of his quotes: “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.” (The real quote, from Requiem for a Nun: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Why? Well, that’s the weirdness — check out the justification for the lawsuit, presented below:

“The use of the infringing quote and of William Faulkner’s name in the infringing film is likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, and/or to deceive the infringing film’s viewers as to a perceived affiliation, connection or association between William Faulkner and his works, on the one hand, and Sony, on the other hand.”

Ah, yes, Faulkner and all of the work he did for Sony over his lifetime. Crash Bandicoot is based off the treatment for an unproduced film he wrote, didn’t you know? It seems a little goofy at face value but, well, such is American law.