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AP: Court: Ads Violate Filmmakers' Integrity

By Indiewire | Indiewire April 13, 2006 at 3:45AM

A Swedish appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a TV station violated the artistic integrity of two filmmakers by interrupting their movies with commercial breaks. Swedish director and screenwriter Vilgot Sjoman, who died Sunday, had sued TV4 along with director Claes Eriksson after it interrupted their movies in 2002 with several commercial breaks. The two movies, Sjoman's "Alfred" and Eriksson's "The Shark Who Knew Too Much" were made before Swedish broadcasting laws allowed commercial stations to interrupt movies with advertisements, and the Svea Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling saying the station violated the directors' integrity and copyright, since they had not given permission for the breaks. AP reports.
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A Swedish appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a TV station violated the artistic integrity of two filmmakers by interrupting their movies with commercial breaks. Swedish director and screenwriter Vilgot Sjoman, who died Sunday, had sued TV4 along with director Claes Eriksson after it interrupted their movies in 2002 with several commercial breaks. The two movies, Sjoman's "Alfred" and Eriksson's "The Shark Who Knew Too Much" were made before Swedish broadcasting laws allowed commercial stations to interrupt movies with advertisements, and the Svea Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling saying the station violated the directors' integrity and copyright, since they had not given permission for the breaks. AP reports.







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