'Venus And Serena' Film Draws IP Suit Over US Open Footage

Law360, New York (June 18, 2013, 4:00 PM ET) -- The U.S. Tennis Association sued the filmmakers of a documentary about Venus and Serena Williams in New York federal court Friday, claiming the new film used copyrighted footage from the U.S. Open without licensing permission.

The suit alleges that filmmakers Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, through their companies M&M Films Inc. and VSW Productions LLC, used footage of the tennis stars from the 2011 U.S. Open and previous U.S. Opens without signing a licensing agreement.

According to the complaint, the filmmakers approached the USTA seeking permission...
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