New Line Cinema Sues Video Company over ‘The Golden Compass’

Film studio New Line Cinema has filed a multimillion-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against a video company over a documentary about The Golden Compass author Philip Pullman.

The studio claims the 70-minute DVD film, Beyond the Golden Compass: The Magic of Philip Pullman, is an attempt by company Koch Entertainment to cash in on the publicity surrounding the new $180 million big-screen adaptation of the writer’s fantasy novel, which stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.

The movie is due to hit theaters in December–while the DVD was released on Nov. 19, and by Koch’s own admission, is to “coincide with the big-budget film adaptation.”

And New Line has also called into question the similarity of the DVD’s cover sleeve to the film’s publicity posters–the documentary cover features an unarmored polar bear and a compass-like device; the same as the movie’s promotional material, which also depicts Kidman and Craig.

But Koch Entertainment has denied the copyright claim.

The two parties met for a hearing in a New York court on Monday, but a ruling has yet to be made.

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