Infographic | The case behind Malcolm X: the film
October 27 2023
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On this World Audiovisual Heritage Day, we are reminded of the importance of emphasizing the critical role of safeguarding our audiovisual treasures.

Today, we bring you a case that exemplifies the vital importance of legal protection and transparent agreements in preserving these cultural and historical assets.

THE CASE:
AALMUHAMMED V. LEE (NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS)

Jefri Aalmuhammed was sought by “Malcom X” star Denzel Washington to make historical contributions to the award-winning film, directed by Spike Lee, for which he requested acknowledgment as a co-writer.

Court decision:

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Due to no previous contract that claimed joined authorship, The Court of Appeals stated that “Malcolm X” was not a joint work.

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Aalmuhammed’s creative influence deemed insufficient to establish him as the “master mind.”
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Spike Lee was recognized as the author of the film while Aalmuhammed was credited as “Islamic Technical Consultant.”
WORLD AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE DAY:
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Emphasizes the critical role of understanding film copyright in preserving our audiovisual heritage.
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Highlights the need for clear contractual agreements to safeguard the legacy of audiovisual works.
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Sheds light on the cultural richness and historical significance encapsulated in audiovisual content.

Celebrate with us – protect your audiovisual heritage

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