BOBBY BROWN SUES BBC AND SHOWTIME OVER UNAUTHORIZED USE OF FOOTAGE IN WHITNEY HOUSTON DOCUMENTARY
Steven T. Lowe
On November 28, 2018, Bobby Brown filed suit against BBC and Showtime in a Manhattan federal court for including his copyrighted footage in a documentary about the late Whitney Houston (“Houston”).
The lawsuit, filed by both Bobby Brown (“Brown”) and the estate of the Brown and Houston’s late daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown (“Kristina Brown”), alleges that the documentary entitled “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” used more than 30 minutes of footage of both Brown and Kristina Brown, owned by Brown, without their necessary authorization.
The complaint states, “The film contains footage that Brown and [Bobbi Kristina Brown] never consented to have released…Brown never signed or executed a release for the airing of the material that appears in the film.”
The suit claims some of the footage came from a short-lived Bravo reality series called “Being Bobby Brown.” Brown says the producers breached their contract by allowing it to be used in “Whitney: Can I Be Me.”
Brown and the estate are represented by Christopher Lloyd Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC.
Counsel information for the defendants was not immediately available.
The case is Brown et al. v. Showtime Networks Inc. et al., case number 1:18-cv-11078, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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