Producers of the movie Your Mommy Kills Animals, who won contract damages and copyright protection, got enough, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held March 6.
The VLW Blog reported the dispute in Berman v. Johnson in October 2007, in a special Halloween edition. The parties fought over the message and amount of screen time the film gave to two animal rights groups, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.
In addition to damages, producer Richard Berman wanted exclusive promotion and distribution rights to YMKA. But the 4th Circuit panel agreed with the district court that Berman was not entitled to those rights after he had recovered damages for breach of contract.
In an unpublished per curiam opinion, the panel said returning exclusive promotion and distribution rights to Berman after the jury awarded him $370,000 for the loss of those rights would result in a double recovery.
By Deborah Elkins