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Warner Bros. sued over 'Superman' DVDs
By GARY GENTILE, AP Business Writer
LOS ANGELES - Superman may be invulnerable, but the studio that last year released an enhanced DVD of the 1978 movie about the superhero is having its own problems.
A British firm that claims it owns the copyrights to the three "Superman" movies and a documentary on the making of the first film sued Warner Bros. this week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Pueblo Film Licensing Ltd. claims the studio violated its copyright by using protected material in the DVD and a theatrical version of the first movie released last year.
A Warner Bros. spokesman said the company has not yet seen the lawsuit and does not comment on pending litigation.
The lawsuit claims Pueblo acquired the copyrights from producer Alexander Salkind, whose agreement with Warner Bros. included a promise by the studio not to cut or re-edit his films in any way.
A further agreement barred Warner Bros. from rereleasing the "Superman III" film in any new medium, such as DVD, without consent, the suit said.
In 2001, Warner released DVD versions of all three films, including a longer version of the first film that included unused footage. The movie was released with the title, "Superman: The Movie, Expanded Edition."
The DVD also includes screen tests, extra scenes and other material Pueblo claims was used without permission.
Pueblo is asking that Warner Bros. recall all copies of the DVD and disgorge profits made from its sale.
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