Mockbusters, "Rip-Offs," and Tie-Ins: Musings on the Free Use of Ideas on Film and Television from a Justice Philosophy Perspective

Villareal, Eugenio H.
March 2010
Ateneo Law Journal;Mar2010, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p850
Academic Journal
The article explores the concept of mockbusters or rip-offs in the entertainment industry. Mockbusters are defined as low-budget movies or television shows that resemble bigger studio productions in terms of title, plot or marketing materials. Rip-offs have reportedly become quite common in the Philippines, in the Bollywood industry of India and even in Hollywood. In most copycat litigation, the case is said to hinge on finding substantial similarity between the original material and the copy.


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