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Copyright lawsuit filed over Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary

By | Published on Monday 4 March 2019

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You’d expect a documentary about a failed festival that resulted in an unprecedented stack of litigation to itself result in at least one lawsuit. And so it has! Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary has been sued for copyright infringement over video clips that appear in the much talked about film.

Clarissa Cardenas says that the Netflix doc featured, without permission, footage that she filmed from inside one of the tents at the doomed Fyre Festival event. According to Law 360, the actual lawsuit doesn’t include much detail, except to say that “Cardenas took video of the Frye Festival” and that the “defendants ran the video in the film”.

She is being represented by a New York-based lawyer called Richard Liebowitz who is a prolific filer of copyright infringement litigation, something that has been noted and at times criticised by New York judges. It remains to see how they respond to this case.

But hey, at least this is one Fyre Festival-related lawsuit that the festival’s co-founder – champion fraudster Billy McFarland – doesn’t have to worry about.



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