Church of God decries new comedy

Religious group claiming copyright infringement

The heat is on for a number of filmmakers associated with the recently released comedy, “Salvation Boulevard.” Similar to the case a few months back when a tattoo artist sued the producers of “The Hangover: Part II” because a character’s facial tattoo was a duplicate of his own work, the Church of God is threatening fire and brimstone over a logo used in the movie.

The film, which partially centers on an ambitious pastor who uses the church for his own personal gain, features a logo of the fictional “Church of the Third Millennium” that, essentially, is a reversed image of Church of God’s logo with a slightly revised color scheme. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Tennessee, accuses defendants Sony Pictures, Mandalay Pictures, IFC Films and Comcast of copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Church of God is seeking to stop distribution of the film, which opened in limited release last weekend. The religious group also wants all copies of the film, promotional materials and related merchandise “burned,” and is demanding financial compensation for the harm caused by the logo.

To read the full copy of the complaint, visit TorrentFreak.

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