Judge: Angelina Jolie didn’t plagiarize ‘Blood and Honey’

Angelina Jolie

According to the lawsuit, James Braddock argued that one the film’s producers, Edin Sarkic, read his book and that the book heavily influenced Jolie’s film

A judge has ruled that Angelina Jolie didn’t plagiarize “In the Land of Blood and Honey” from Croatian journalist James Braddock, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In late 2011, Braddock claimed that the movie about the Bosnian Civil War borrowed heavily from his book, “The Soul Shattering,” and violated his copyright.

According to the lawsuit, Braddock argued that one the film’s producers, Edin Sarkic, read the book and that the book heavily influenced Jolie’s film. According to The New York Times, Sarkic told The AP in 2010 he had helped the actress obtain a written permit so that she could begin filming in Sarajevo.

Both the film and the book include rape and escape sequences.

Despite Braddock’s claims, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said that Jolie did not violate the Croatian journalist’s copyright. She said that the “overlapping concepts” of rape and escape “are commonplace in books and films depicting war.”

Judge Gee also noted that Jolie’s film “highlights the complications of romantic love during wartime.”

Jolie’s attorney told THR that Judge Gee’s ruling was “thorough and well reasoned.”

There’s no word on whether Braddock will attempt to appeal the case.

Lawsuits in Hollywood are common. Though not a case of copyright infringement, Iran has threatened to sue Hollywood over “Argo.” The Associated Press recently reported that Iran’s government wants to sue Hollywood for “unrealistic portrayal” of Iranians in the award-winning film. No word on whether Iran plans to move forward with a lawsuit.

Did Judge Gee make the right decision? Did you watch “In the Land of Blood and Honey?” If so, what’d you think? Should Angelina stick to acting or was her directorial debut an indication of her talent as a director? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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