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Filmmakers of “Finding Rin Tin Tin” Sued for Copyright Violation by Dog Breeder

The original Rin Tin Tin

The original Rin Tin Tin

A little background information… Rin Tin Tin was a real German Shepherd dog who lived in the early 1900s.  His descendants became the stars of a TV series of the same name in the 1950s.  Afterward, another descendant of the same bloodline was given to a dog breeder to continue the breeding of German Shepherds and use the “Rin Tin Tin” name for promotional uses.

Now, a new movie entitled Finding Rin Tin Tin has been released on DVD, and the current owner of the dog breeding company Daphne Hereford has filed a lawsuit for copyright violation.  Hereford claims she has owns the copyright for the Rin Tin Tin moniker in regards to “live German Shepard puppies” and that this movie directly violates her copyright protection.

Hereford is suing the filmmakers First Look Studios for, among other things,  irreparable injury to her company, the studio’s profits from the movie, and wants all copies of the movie destroyed.

At this time, representatives for First Look Studios have not commented.

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September 30, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement | , , , , | 1 Comment