Netflix and producers of “Tiger King” sued for copyright infringement in Los Angeles over clips from “Ace Ventura” used in hit documentary series about ex-owner flamboyant from a private big cat zoo, according to court papers obtained Tuesday.
Lawsuit filed Monday night on behalf of Morgan Creek Productions Alleges Goode Films Withdrawn Two Music Videos From “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” Used In The First Episode Of “Tiger King” Without Permission, In Breach Of Federal Law author.
“Leaving no doubt as to the source, a dubbed voice identifies a film such as Ace Ventura, at the precise moment when the offending clips appear on screen,” reads the complaint from the federal court.
“The plaintiff is informed and believes, and then alleges, that Ace Ventura is the only film used in Tiger King where more than one clip appears.”
The two clips, totaling five seconds of screen time, feature “Ace Ventura” star Jim Carrey in scenes with an elephant and a monkey, according to the lawsuit, which seeks damages of at least $ 300,000. .
Los Angeles-based plaintiffs argue that the use of Carrey’s music videos “serves to enhance the commercial value” of “Tiger King” by mistakenly suggesting that the creators of “Ace Ventura 2” favorably promote the Netflix series.
Attempts to reach representatives for Netflix and Goode Films outside of regular business hours were not immediately successful.
“Tiger King,” chronicling the exploits of the now-incarcerated Oklahoma Zoo owner known as Joe Exotic, was Netflix’s No.1 hit after its March 2020 debut and remains among the most popular documentary releases. network success stories.
“Ace Ventura 2” grossed more than $ 108 million against a budget of $ 30 million after its release 26 years ago, according to the lawsuit.