Ana Mendieta Estate Sues Studio Behind New ‘Suspiria’ Film, Alleging Copyright Infringement
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Ana Mendieta Estate Sues Studio Behind New ‘Suspiria’ Film, Alleging Copyright Infringement

Luca Guadagnino, Suspiria (still), 2018, 152 minutes. ALESSIO BOLZONI/COURTESY AMAZON STUDIOS Ahead of the release of Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria , the Ana Mendieta Estate has sued Amazon Studios in federal court in Seattle, alleging that the film (which is being distributed by Amazon in the United States) draws too heavily on works by the late artist. Amazon “encouraged, assisted, induced, caused, and/or materially contributed to a vast number of actual or imminent copyright infringements” by way of images that evoke Mendieta’s work, according to the suit. The estate is demanding that Amazon Studios pay damages for using Mendieta’s work without permission. “In general, image permissions [for Mendieta’s work] are only granted for art historical contexts such as academic journal articles and informational articles directly related to the artist’s work and practice,” Galerie Lelong & Co., which represents the estate, said in a statement sent to ARTnews . “Permissions are not granted for commercial reproductions. Barbara Hoffman, the Estate’s legal counsel, stated that it is unfortunate that the director, Luca Guadagnino, purports to pay homage to women artists of the ’70s, yet Amazon has forced the Estate to bring a lawsuit to redress the damage suffered from the continuing usages […]

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