Three street artists have filed a lawsuit regarding the striking resemblance between their copyrighted mural work displayed in Argentina and the graffiti seen in movie "The Zero Theorem". Argentinians Jaz (Franco Fasoli) and Ever (Nicolas Escalada) along with Canadian Troy Lovegates a.k.a. Other (Derek Mehaffey) name director Terry Gilliam and production designer David Warren among others as defendants.
"In violation of U.S. and international law, Defendants - a crew of longstanding Hollywood 'insiders' led by repeat infringer Terry Gilliam - have blatantly and intentionally infringed, and are continuing to infringe, Plaintiffs' intellectual property in the Copyrighted Artwork, by copying the work and using it in connection with the promotion and distribution of Defendants' motion picture film, The Zero Theorem, which has already been released in foreign countries and is due to be released in the U.S. in a few weeks' time," read the lawsuit.
"Zero Theorem" was reportedly filmed in Bucharest, Romania. The plaintiffs noted that the exterior wall of the chapel where the protagonist lives in the movie "features a colorful mural that is a blatant misappropriation of Plaintiffs' Copyrighted Artwork," which is titled Castillo and is on public display in Buenos Aires. The plaintiffs registered their mural with the Copyright Office in Argentina in 2003.
"Plaintiffs seek preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and other equitable relief; an order enjoining Defendants from further distribution of a motion picture film or any related promotional materials incorporating an infringing artwork, and directing Defendants to surrender for destruction all infringing materials; and damages, costs and fees," they said.