The book is a factual account of the tragedies suffered by Bosnian and Herzegovinan women and children during the Bosnian War and was originally published in Croatia. In particular, Mr Braddock claims that a film written and directed by Ms Jolie – In the Land of Blood and Honey –, which is due to be released in the U.S. next 23 December and has already attracted some criticism, amounts to an infringement of his copyright.
- Key plot elements - Both the works illustrate a love story which takes place in war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 1990s;
- Characters - In both works, the main female character is a Croatian living in Sarajevo, who is captured and imprisoned in a Serbian-held concentration camp located in a village. This, according to the plaintiff, is unusual, since most camps were located in abandoned industrial or agricultural complexes. In addition to this, the main female character is subject to continuous abuse and rape by soldiers and officers in the camp and is forced to become a servant at the camp headquarters, a duty which was apparently assumed by very few of the captives. Also, the book’s and film’s main male character is the deputy camp commander, the son of a high-ranking “Greater Serbian” nationalist and officer of the Yugoslav People Army, who struggles with his own emotions and his military duty. Amidst his struggle, he helps the main female character escape from the camp.
- Events, sequences and settings.
There is no doubt that the case of plots is a very difficult and fascinating one in the realm of copyright. Furthermore, US case law has not been very consistent so far. We’ll see what happens next and to which of the parties the Court’s decision will actually look a jolie one.