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USTA Sues "Venus And Serena" Filmmakers Over Use Of Video

The USTA has sued the makers of the "Venus and Serena" documentary, accusing them of "copyright infringement for using more than 20 minutes of video" from the U.S. Open "without signing an agreement." In a lawsuit filed Friday in N.Y., the USTA also claimed that Maiken Baird and Michelle Major "used four times more video than would have been permitted in an agreement." Davidson Goldin, a spokesperson for the filmmakers, said that "talks collapsed over an agreement to use archival footage," but that the footage used "fell under the fair-use exception" (NYTIMES.com, 6/17).
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