Netflix is getting sued by Fyre Festival attendee for copyright infringement
The attendee, Clarissa Cardenas, claims she shot the video at the festival and Netflix used it in the Fyre documentary.
The lawsuit has been reported by TMZ. Cardenas is suing Netflix and the film’s producer Jerry Media for copyright infringement. She is asking for $150,000 in damages.
Fyre Fest has gotten a lot of buzz recently since Netflix and Hulu released documentaries about the event, which was advertised as “the unparalleled best in music, cuisine, design and hospitality on a private island in the Exumas.”
However, according to patrons, the experience was anything but luxurious and ended with a plethora of lawsuits.
Fyre Festival attendees arrived to inadequate basic necessities—including food, housing and electricity—never mind the luxurious promises. Guests became stranded as they tried to evacuate the island due to an extreme lack of organization and infrastructure.
In other Fyre Festival news, the viral scene including Andy King and the water bottle fiasco almost didn’t appear in the film at all. King had begged for it to be removed before it aired.
“I went to them and said, ‘Listen, I just talked with my lawyers and some of my creative team and they said, ‘Andy, you got to pull that thing. That can not go into this documentary,’” King said.
“And when I sat with the director, he said, ‘Andy, you don’t understand: Without that scene, there isn’t a documentary.’ I said, ‘Oh come on, there’s no way.’ They said, ‘Trust me.’ And that is an integral part, as you know, of the documentary itself.’”
However, King says he doesn’t regret having the scene kept in now.
“I probably wouldn’t be where I am today if it were taken out. I mean how I’ve become this social media hero over a situation like that, I’m in total shock,” he said.
Also, festival co-head Ja Rule apparently wants to try for a round 2 of Fyre.
“In the midst of chaos is opportunity. I’m working on a lot of new things,” Ja Rule said. He called Fyre Fest “the most iconic festival that never was, adding that he has “plans to create the iconic music festival.”
You can check out the Fyre trailer below.
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