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Judge: Jolie didn’t plagiarize ‘Blood and Honey’



In this image released by Britain’s Ministry of Defence Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague with actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. visit Lac Vert camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they traveled to Africa to to raise awareness of warzone rape Tuesday March 26, 2013. AP

LOS ANGELES  — A federal judge says actress Angelina Jolie didn’t steal the story for her movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey” from a Croatian author.

City News Service reports Friday’s tentative ruling in Los Angeles will quash the lawsuit accusing Jolie of copyright infringement.

In 2011, author James Braddock sued Jolie and the film company that made the film, saying it was partly based on his book “The Soul Shattering.”

U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee wrote in a tentative ruling that the plots, characters and themes in the two works were not “substantially” similar, though both centered on war romances.

Jolie wrote, directed and co-produced the film.

Braddock has been ordered to tell the court why his complaint should not be dismissed with prejudice.


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