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While saying he respects Young’s Urban Struggle credits and agrees the ’81 documentary was “exploited by Jerry Roach over the years,” Correa “strongly disagrees” the material belongs to Young. “I made a fair offer to Paul Young that included equity and credits,” Correa said. “We stand behind Jerry Roach and his rights.”
“Isn’t it funny that a film about the punk scene and anti-establishment is pulling out the big legal guns?” remarked Todd Quartararo, Newport Beach Film Festival’s co-founder. “We are still planning on playing the film until we are told otherwise.”
In a flurry of e-mails as this story went to press, Young and Correa remained at odds.
“Just talked to a new entertainment, copyright lawyer who’s taking the case,” Young wrote. “She has made me realize more than ever that this is a theft first and foremost, and everyone involved with We Were Feared acted willfully and with full knowledge of what they were doing. They compromised and reduced the value of my work tremendously. Stupidity is not an excuse.”
“We will exhibit without his consent if need be,” Correa wrote of Young. “I guess you could say the battle for the Cuckoo’s Nest continues.”
Annie Wharton contributed to the reporting of this story.
This article appeared in print as "Punks vs. Suits: Copyright dispute surrounds Sunday’s world premiere of the Cuckoo’s Nest film We Were Feared."
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