Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo and many other actors brought a complaint against TF1, M6, Canal Plus, Gaumont, Paramount and MK2, accusing these companies of using their images for decades via the video outputs of their films, without a penny of their pay back royalties.
On December 30, 2010, the civil society for the Administration of the Rights of Performers, Artists and Musicians (ADAMI) sued all the major media groups before the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris.
The criticism made by these artists to those companies is clear: hundreds of players who see their films out on DVD before 1985, DVD, Blu-Ray or VOD perceive nothing to sales of these involved some 350 works, representing a damage estimated at more than 4 million!
Many actors have received no compensation on sales of VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray or video on demand movies in which they participated prior to 1985. “At the time, there was no provision for compensation schedule on DVD, tape or video on demand. And for good reason” these venues did not exist!”
We are lucky. We get to enjoy the performances of great actors like Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo without worrying about all the behind the scenes legal hassles. This latest lawsuit sounds like another example of the law not keeping up with the technology. It will be interesting to see how this gets resolved.