Two Twilight Documentaries Battling It Out in Court
Late last month we learned that Summit Entertainment plans to release the Twilight in Forks: The Saga of the Real Town documentary on March 20th (the same day as the New Moon DVD). However, another company, Topics Entertainment, is attempting to steal a bit of Summit's thunder by debuting its own doc, entitled Forks: Bitten by Twilight, on March 16th. As you can imagine, this isn't sitting well with Summit ... or its legal department.
According to The Hollywood Reporters's THR, Esq., this past Monday Summit filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Summit is suing for trademark and copyright infringement. The basis for the copyright claim is that 'Forks: Bitten' allegedly includes reproduced content from the 'Twilight' movies, including the image of misty woods shown [below].
What apparently happened is that before Heckelsville Media sold Summit the rights to its Twilight in Forks, it shopped the property around to others and showed a one-sheet to Topics Entertainment, a Washington-based multimedia giant that typically produces educational videos.
Topics then made its own documentary, allegedly incorporating the Twilight name and font in a similar manner with a quote from author Stephenie Meyer: "And there, right where I wanted it to be, was a tiny town called 'Forks'."
We're not sure how it's all going to play out, but for now you can pre-order either or both of the documentaries from the EvilShop and then wait and see which one arrives in your mailbox.
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