'Midnight In Paris' Didn't Infringe Faulkner, Judge Says

Law360, New York (July 18, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT) -- A line in the 2011 Woody Allen comedy "Midnight in Paris" that referenced a well-known quote from William Faulkner’s 1950 novel "Requiem for a Nun" did not amount to infringement because it was transformative, a Mississippi federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills ruled that the reference to Faulker’s lines “The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” featured in the surreal comedy movie, was fair use because the context in which the quote appears in the movie is “diametrically dissimilar,” according to...
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