Jul 19, 2013
By Michael Kramer
No problem after all – for Woody Allen.
His film “Midnight in Paris” was accused of illegally lifting a line from a book by William Faulkner – but a judge in Mississippi has dismissed the lawsuit brought by “Faulkner Literary Rights LLC.”
The copywright lawsuit was filed last October against Sony Pictures Classics.
It said a character in the movie stole a line from Faulkner’s book, “Requiem for a Nun.”
The line is : “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
In the movie, actor Owen Wilson, says: “The past is not dead. Actually, it’s not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right.”
U.S. District Judge Michael Mills dismissed the lawsuit today.