Filmmakers Defiant over Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Rights

Filmmakers Defiant over Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Rights Photo: MGN

September 05, 2017 03:51 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge's finding that a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film violates a "blood oath" made by the band after a fatal plane crash to not exploit the group's name hasn't stopped the film's creators from trying to get the film out.

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Lawyers for the filmmakers say they can distribute "Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash" to "anyone and everyone in the world" until the judge formally says otherwise.

Federal Judge Robert Sweet recently ruled the widow of lead singer and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant and others had shown that the film violates a nearly three-decade-old court-approved agreement. Van Zant died in an October 1977 plane crash in Mississippi.

The winning lawyers are seeking $600,000 in legal fees and to have the film destroyed.


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