What’s The Verdict: Hollywood Falling Short of Guild Agreements over Original Soundtrack Music Recycling?
The state of originality over in Hollywood has been under scrutiny lately. A new lawsuit was just filed against the largest film and television studios just this morning by the American Federation of Musicians. Apparently, these studios, including Sony, Viacom, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Disney, and Warner Bros all violated terms of an agreement by recycling previously recorded film soundtracks.
While the American Federation of Musicians argue that in guild agreements “All music sound track already recorded…will not be used at any time for any purpose whatsoever except to accompany the picture for which the music sound track was originally prepared….” But these guidelines were not being followed. For example, 33 seconds of music from Cast Away was used in Bridesmaids and 18 seconds of music from Jaws was used in Little Fockers, amongst other examples.
The American Federation is shaking their finger at the studios essentially saying ‘this is a big no no.’ The complaint was filed in California federal court this morning. You may read the complaint here.
Stay tuned on What’s The Verdict for more updates.