Angelina Jolie Wins Copyright Lawsuit Over "In the Land of Blood and Honey"

Croatian writer filed suit against the Oscar-winning actress, alleging that Jolie copied his book for her film

By Brandi Fowler
|  Monday, Apr 1, 2013  |  Updated 10:21 AM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
"Mad Men" Season 6 Plans

WireImage

Director/actress Angelina Jolie

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Justin Bartha on "New Normal" Finale

Justin Bartha never set out to make a political statement when signing on to play a gay, expectant father on NBC's "The New Normal" but he thinks "it's interesting that television really has swayed the conversation." The one-hour Season Finale airs on Tuesday at 9/8c on NBC.

"Mad Men" Season 6 Plans

"Mad Men" creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner talks about keeping secrets from fans about the AMC series. Also, he tells why the show resonates with fans. "Mad Men" Season 6 premieres April 7 on AMC.
More Photos and Videos

Angelina Jolie is in the clear in a lawsuit that claimed she plagiarized "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

A Los Angeles federal judge tentatively dismissed the copyright-infringement suit Friday, in which writer James Braddock accused Jolie of copying his 2007 book "The Soul Shattering" for her film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Angelina Jolie denies she and Brad Pitt had secret wedding

Braddock claimed Jolie's romantic flick about love that flourished between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman during war was based partly on his book, and that she used it while researching her movie.

U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee shut down Braddock's claims, ruling that, while both stories focus on "love during wartime," the contents of the two stories were not "substantially" similar.

Judge Gee called "In the Land of Blood and Honey" a story of "betrayal, revenge and tragedy with little or no hope," and referred to "Slamanje Duse" ("The Soul Shattering") as a story centered on "family, love and strength."

The judge ordered Braddock to show the court why his complaint shouldn't be dismissed without prejudice no later than April 12.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get NBCDFW on Mobile!
Get NBCDFW's free news and weather... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out