Published May 27, 2015Thanks to nerdy reissue houses and killer original scores, we're living in an age where film soundtracks are appreciated more than ever. That doesn't mean they're all being treated with the utmost artistry, however. Hollywood studios have been recycling old sounds in new movies and breaking a collective bargaining agreement in the process. As such, they've been slapped with a new lawsuit.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada have named Columbia Picture, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal City Studios, Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainments in a new lawsuit claiming that they've gone beyond the allowance for recycling film soundtracks.
The lawsuit includes a number of cases. For example, 70 seconds of the Titanic theme was used in This Means War, 47 seconds of Die Hard and 30 seconds of The Bourne Identity were used in The Office, 18 seconds of music from Jaws was used in Little Fockers, and the list goes on.
The Federation claims that producers have agreed that "all music sound track already recorded... will not be used at any time for any purpose whatsoever except to accompany the picture for which the music sound track was originally prepared…."
This is the second lawsuit the Federation has filed against the big studios this year. In April, they accused them of breaching the guild agreement by recording film scores outside of North America.
If you feel like wading through some legalese, you can read the full lawsuit below.