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Finnish producers win lawsuit in ‘Iron Sky’ case

A court case brought against the producers of the Finnish genre film Iron Sky has been dismissed, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

The case surrounded claims by animators and visual effects technicians that the producers used their copyright-protected work for sequels of the film without first obtaining permission or giving proper compensation. Design elements were the focus of the suit, with the designs of objects like spaceships from the 2012 film being incorrectly used for the sequels.

The court found that the plantiffs “have no copyright to the film(s) Iron Sky or (the upcoming sequel) Iron Sky: The Coming Race or to any material they have made for the movies. The court awarded copyright to the animators in a single case, the design of the film’s Japanese spaceship. But they concluded the copyright had been legally transferred to Blind Spot Pictures. The court ordered the plaintiffs to pay legal costs for both Blind Spot and Iron Sky Universe.

“Of course I’m relieved the courts have sided with us. I would have been very surprised if the decision had gone any other way,” Iron Sky producer Tero Kaukomaa told The Hollywood Reporter. “But this legal issue has had an impact. Our shooting schedule for Iron Sky: The Coming Race has been delayed because of it.”

Iron Sky: The Coming Race is currently in production and a release date will be announced shortly.

 

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.