SOURCE: Adli Law Group, P.C.
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 13, 2012) - On July 10, 2012, the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Author Josef P. Knezevic, professionally known as James J. Braddock, against Angelina Jolie, GK Films, FilmDistrict Distribution, Scout Films and Edin Sarkic, was transferred to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles and the Adli Law Group, P.C. was subsequently engaged to defend Braddock's intellectual property rights. The case which was originally filed on December 2, 2011, alleges that the film "In the Land of Blood and Honey," written, directed and co-produced by Jolie, infringes on Braddock's book "The Soul Shattering."
"We carefully compared the contents of the book to the movie and concluded that Mr. Braddock's intellectual property rights have been violated," says President of Adli Law Group Dr. Dariush Adli. "The Soul Shattering" was first published in Croatia in 2007 and later republished in the U.S. in December 2011. Jolie's film "In the Land of Blood and Honey" was released on December 23, 2011. "Braddock poured his life and experience into writing an original piece of work that accurately describes the atrocities of the Bosnian war. Only to have his intellectual property stolen and made into a film without his permission by an A-list actress," says Adli Law Group Partner Rasheed M. McWilliams. Jolie's film tells the story of a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman held captive in a Serbian camp during the Bosnian war. Braddock alleges that Jolie copied the essential elements of his book, including the characters, plot lines and scenes, when she was doing research for her film in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Braddock also alleges that Jolie had access to his book through one of the film's Co-Producers, Edin Sarkic, who met with Braddock in 2008 to discuss his book, including the plot, characters, cultural significance and historical accuracy.
"The angle that has been placed on this dispute is that this is common to Hollywood productions; however we will show through this lawsuit that Mr. Braddock's allegations have merit," says McWilliams.
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