Brazil’s Catholic Church is suing Hollywood for using unauthorized images of one of Rio de Janeiro’s famous landmarks: the statue of Christ, the Redeemer. The city’s archdiocese is demanding unspecified damages from Columbia Pictures for showing the statue being destroyed in a worldwide apocalypse in the film 2012.
The archdiocese manages copyright issues related to the 69-year-old statue which overlooks Rio with its arms outstretched. Lawyer Claudine Dutra said the archdiocese allows use of images of the statue “in 99 per cent of cases”. But it turned down the film studio’s request to show a giant wave destroying the statue.
“Columbia Pictures did not respect the prohibition and many faithfuls said they are shocked and offended by the images of destruction of this sanctuary that the archdiocese wants to preserve,” Dutra said.
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