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Homer vs. Hollywood

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HOMER VS. HOLLYWOOD
“The film ‘Troy’ is based on Homer’s ‘Iliad’. Homer’s estate should sue.” Using the film and other sources assess this statement. The 2004 film ‘Troy’ directed by Wolfgang Peterson claims to have been inspired by the famous Iliad, written by ancient Greek poet, Homer. It has been suggested that due to these claims, Homer’s estate has the right to begin legal proceedings against the film’s producers in the name of copyright. While the concept of the statement “The film ‘Troy’ is based on Homer’s ‘Iliad’. Homer’s estate should sue.” seems fairly simple, the legalities involved with actually taking legal action against the filmmakers are highly complicated and the issues that may arise are rather plentiful. The anachronisms, historical inaccuracies and obvious differences from the Iliad have caused commotion amongst movie-goers and members of the historical community alike and the fact that these issues can be interpreted as “the visual Iliad” has been dubbed “an insult to Homer and his works.” However, as with most creative works, certain allowances are made in the name of ‘poetic licence’. Copyright laws are in place to protect authors and composers when it comes to securing the integrity of their creative works. Copyright laws cover literary, musical, dramatic, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, audiovisual works, sound recordings, compilations, architectural works and works derived from any of these either by the author or with the authors permission. Greece however is still struggling to make definitive laws regarding copyright which comply with the European Union which is proving to be an ever increasing issue for the country in terms of plagiarism and piracy. As there are no proper laws regarding the use of Greek works, technically speaking it would be incredibly difficult to gain anything from suing those who created the film ‘Troy’. The same difficulties would apply if American copyright...