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Religious Organization & Film Producer at Odds Over Copyright to Video

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We Hold These Truths Ltd. of Phoenix (WHTT), a religious group opposed to the movement known as “Christian Zionism” sued a film producer for copyright infringement. Christian Zionism is a religious movement that sees the rise of the state of Israel as a fulfillment of a Biblical prophecy.

According to the complaint, filed December 13 in federal court Phoenix, WHTT accused Jason Shelton of pirating the film “Christian Zionism: the Tragedy and The Turning, Part 1.” Copyright claims are exclusively a matter of federal, not state, jurisdiction. The Complaint alleges that Shelton, an Arizona resident, used his website to post “preview” versions of the film and claimed it as his own work.

In response to the lawsuit, Shelton filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Take-Down Notice with Google Inc.’s YouTube video-sharing site, complaining that a trailer WHTT has posted violated his copyright, according to court papers. WHTT’s video was removed from the YouTube site as a result and it hasn’t been reinstated, according to the complaint.

The case is We Hold These Truths Ltd. v. Jason Shelton, 2:10-cv-02659-JAT, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (Phoenix).

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2 Responses to “Religious Organization & Film Producer at Odds Over Copyright to Video”

  1. We Hold These Truths filed for a copyright for their film, “Christian Zionism: The Tragedy and The Turning, Part I” prior to the claim made by Shelton. Subsequently, YouTube has removed the trailer from 4409 Productions’ YouTube site and reinstated the trailer on We Hold These Truths’ YouTube site:

    • Yes. This is not atypical. Oftentimes there is a “disagreement” over ownership and the right to register where the parties fail to properly address authorship concerns prior to rolling cameras….

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