A little over a month ago Opa Music reported that there was a movie in production about the Roody Rood Boy, Rutshelle Guillaume and Trouble Boy’s story. Read the original article here. Opa Music caught wind that Rutshelle Guillaume and her management team has obtained legal counsel and a cease and desist letter for copyright infringement was issued to the producer.
Opa Music spoke with their lawyer, Melissa P. Bernier, Esq. and here’s what she had to say;
Basically, the producers didn’t get Rutshelle’s (or anyone else’s) permission to do a story based on actual events that happened in their lives. Normally when people make movies like that, they are supposed to obtain what’s called LIFE RIGHTS from the person whose life the movie is based on. Clearly they didn’t do that. Plus, they were supposed to have licensed the right to use Rutshelle’s music in the film, which of course they didn’t.
They are really just trying to capitalize on the situation without involving the people who are the only people that should be able to capitalize on the situation…namely Rutshelle, Roody and Trouble Boy. So given all of that, the movie needs to be shut down. No premieres, no screenings, no nothing. The producers’ portrayal of the story constitutes defamation and anyone involved with the film can be liable. Because of the fact that they have planned screenings in the United States, in different states, the producers have exposed themselves to liability in each state where the film was to be screened.