Le faux groupe de rock Spinal Tap porte plainte contre Vivendi

Le réalisateur Rob Reiner ainsi que les acteurs Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer et Michael McKean se réunissent pour réclamer 400 millions de dollars à la compagnie de Vincent Bolloré, qu’ils accusent d’escroquerie.

Le faux groupe de hard rock le plus célèbre du cinéma est de retour, mais pas là où on l’attendait. En effet, la troupe de Spinal Tap, du film éponyme de Rob Reiner sorti en 1984, ne se réunira pas sur grand écran, mais au tribunal. Le réalisateur américain et ses comparses coscénariste, les acteurs Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest et Michael McKean, se liguent contre Vivendi. Ils réclament 400 millions de dollars de dommages et intérêts au groupe français, dans une plainte déposée il y a quelques mois.

En octobre dernier, le comédien Harry Shearer (qui double également des personnages de la série Les Simpson comme Ned Flanders et Mr Burns) avait porté plainte contre le groupe détenu par Vincent Bolloré, pour «fraude» dans la gestion des droits du film. Les trois autres créateurs ont rallié la procédure mardi 7 février, dénonçant un comportement «outrageux» de la part de la compagnie.

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    SOURCE: Le Figaro

    Date: February 10, 2017

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  • Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean Join Harry Shearer’s $400 Million This Is Spinal Tap Lawsuit

    Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner, and Michael McKean have joined their This Is Spinal Tap co-star Harry Shearer’s lawsuit against against Vivendi SA over alleged fraudulent accounting related to the 1984 cult classic.

    Shearer first filed the lawsuit last October, claiming that Vivendi only reported $98 in total income from soundtrack music sales and $81 in worldwide merchandising income between 1989 and 2006. According to the lawsuit, a 1982 agreement with Embassy Pictures–which has since been acquired by Vivendi–entitles Shearer, Guest, Reiner, and McKean to 40 percent of the movie’s net receipts, including revenue from music and merchandise.

    The initial lawsuit sought $125 million in compensatory and punitive damages, but the addition of three new plaintiffs has raised that figure to $400 million, the Guardian reports.

    “The deliberate obfuscation by Vivendi and its subsidiaries is an outrage,” Guest said in a statement. “It is vital that such behavior is challenged in the strongest way possible.”

    Reiner also issued a statement.“Such anti-competitive practices need to be exposed,” he said. “I am hoping this lawsuit goes to 11.”

    “This is Spinal Tap was the result of four very stubborn guys working very hard to create something new under the sun,” McKean added. “The movie’s influence on the last three decades of film comedy is something we are very proud of. But the buck always stopped somewhere short of Rob, Harry, Chris and myself. It’s time for a reckoning. It’s only right.”

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    Date: February 8, 2017

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  • Spinal Tap Crew Joins Harry Shearer’s $400 Million Lawsuit Against Vivendi

    This Is Spinal Tap actors Christopher Guest and Michael McKean and the mockumentary’s director Rob Reiner have joined co-star Harry Shearer’s lawsuit against the film’s rights holder Vivendi.

    In October, Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi, alleging accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract in regards to the 1984 cult classic and its soundtrack.

    In the lawsuit, Shearer claimed that, over a 22-year period, he only received $98 for his contributions to the soundtrack and $81 from merchandising income. The income he generated from his share was “about enough to buy one miniature Stonehenge,” he joked.

    Shearer also launched a website – Fairness Rocks – to assist in his legal battle against Vivendi.

    Now, Spinal Tap is reuniting, in a sense: Guest, McKean and Reiner announced Wednesday that they too have aligned with Shearer’s lawsuit against the French corporation, with the foursome, as joint plaintiffs, now seeking $400 million in damages.

    “Their participation will help demonstrate the opaque and misleading conduct at the heart of this case. We’re even louder now,” Shearer said in a statement.

    McKean added, “This Is Spinal Tap was the result of four very stubborn guys working very hard to create something new under the sun. The movie’s influence on the last three decades of film comedy is something we are very proud of. But the buck always stopped somewhere short of Rob, Harry, Chris and myself. It’s time for a reckoning. It’s only right.”

    Reiner, who previously supported Shearer’s lawsuit against Vivendi before ultimately joining the legal battle Wednesday, told Rolling Stone in October, “The artists involved in Spinal Tap deserve fair compensation for their work. It’s impossible that Vivendi’s income from music sales and merchandising totaled just $179 over a more than 20-year period.”

    In Shearer’s lawsuit, the actor is also seeking to have the rights to This Is Spinal Tap revert back to its creators because of a Copyright Act provision that terminates some licenses after 35 years. However, while the Spinal Tap characters were created in 1978, it’s unlikely those licenses would expire until 2019, or 35 years after the comedy’s release.

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    SOURCE: Rolling Stone

    Date: February 8, 2017

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  • Les co-créateurs du film “This is Spinal tap” rejoignent une plainte contre Vivendi

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    Les co-créateurs du film “This is Spinal tap” rejoignent une plainte contre Vivendi

    8 February 2017

    Trois co-créateurs du film culte “This is Spinal tap” se sont joints à une plainte contre Vivendi, l’accusant de “fraude” dans la gestion des droits de la comédie sortie en 1984 et réclamant 400 millions de dollars, selon un communiqué mercredi.

    Harry Shearer, qui prête sa voix à plus d’une vingtaine de personnages des Simpsons, avait déposé en octobre une plainte à Los Angeles contre le conglomérat français, dénonçant notamment des “méthodes comptables frauduleuses”.

    Christopher Guest, Michael McKean et Rob Reiner se sont ralliés mardi à la procédure judiciaire, indique le document. Tous ensemble, ils demandent à Vivendi 400 millions de dollars de “dommages et intérêts compensatoires et punitifs”, contre 125 millions de dollars dans la plainte initiale.

    “This is Spinal Tap”, une comédie sur “le groupe le plus bruyant d’Angleterre”, est sortie en 1984 au Royaume-Uni et aux Etats-Unis où il est devenu un film culte malgré un faible nombre d’entrées en salles.

    Christopher Guest interprète dans ce faux documentaire parodique le guitariste, Michael McKean le chanteur-guitariste et Harry Shearer le bassiste. Rob Reiner a réalisé le film et prête sa voix au narrateur.

    Vivendi avait acquis les droits du film, via Canal+, en 1989. Le groupe s’est par la suite, selon la plainte, “engagé dans un modèle de pratiques anticoncurrentielles et déloyales, a abandonné l’application des droits (du film) et a délibérément dissimulé et manipulé des années de comptabilité afin de conserver de l’argent dû aux plaignants”.

    Les quatre co-auteurs du film avaient signé en 1982 un accord avec Embassy Pictures, qui attribuait “40% des recettes nettes aux créateurs, calculées sur l’ensemble des sources de revenus, film, musique et produits dérivés”, selon le communiqué.

    Or, Vivendi a chiffré la part revenant aux quatre créateurs à 81 dollars pour les produits dérivés entre 1984 et 2013.

    “Les manoeuvres délibérées de Vivendi et ses filiales relèvent du scandale. Il est essentiel que de tels comportements soient contestés de la plus vive manière possible”, a commenté Christopher Guest, cité dans le communiqué.

    Contacté par l’AFP, un porte-parole de Vivendi a répondu que le groupe ne faisait pas de commentaire sur les litiges en cours.

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    SOURCE: AFP

    Date: February 8, 2017

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  • Legal Filings

    Plaintiffs’ Consolidated Opposition to Motions – 01.02.2018

    Legal Filing

    Second Amended Complaint – 19 Oct 2017

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    The ruling on Vivendi’s Motion to dismiss – 28 Sept 2017

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    Plantiffs’ Opposition to Defendants’ Motion – 29 Mar 2017

    Legal Filing

    First Amended Complaint – 7 Feb 2017

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    Original Complaint – 17 Oct 2016

    Legal Filing

    Termination Notices

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