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Croatian film festival bosses pull movie from competition over music copyright

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Jul 27, 2014 | 3:42pm EDT

Organisers behind Croatia's Pula Film Festival were forced to pull a picture out of competition on Saturday (26Jul14) after discovering moviemakers had breached copyright laws by using songs by David Bowie and The Doors without permission. Vlog, directed by Bruno Pavid and produced by Slobodan Jokic of Croatia's Split Film Academy, featured tracks including Bowie's Space Oddity, The Doors' Light My Fire and Janis Joplin's Cry Baby for dramatic effect during one sequence, but after officials noticed there were no music rights included in the credits, they learned the tunes had been used illegally. Festival bosses then decided to drop the film from competition. Producer and festival boardmember Mike Downey says, "We cannot condone copyright infringement by any film in our competition." Jury members announced the winners of the 61st annual event later that evening, with Kristijan Milic's war movie Number 55 leading the way with eight awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Script for Ivan Pavlicic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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