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Seiler v. Lucasfilm
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Plaintiff-Appellant claimed that certain creatures depicted in Defendant-Appellee’s file “The Empire Strikes Back,” namely the characters named “Imperial Walkers,” were an infringement on Plaintiff-Appellant’s own copyright. Plaintiff-Appellant held a copyright on creatures called “Garthian Striders,” which he obtained from the U.S. Copyright Office in 1981. The film appeared in 1980. Plaintiff-Appellant deposited “reconstructions” of the originals with the U.S. Copyright Office, claiming the reconstructions were of originals that he had created in 1976 and 1977. In an evidentiary hearing that lasted seven days, the court found that Plaintiff-Appellant had destroyed the originals in bad faith under the best evidence rule of Federal Rule of Evidence 1004(1). Specifically, the court found that Plaintiff-Appellant “testified falsely, purposefully destroyed or withheld in bad faith the originals, and fabricated and misrepresented the nature of his reconstructions.” Following the hearing, the court granted summary judgment in favor of Defendant-Appellee.
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