PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia author claims that the Netflix film "Burning Sands" copies unique portions of his book.
Al Quarles Jr. filed a complaint on July 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Netflix Inc., Mandalay Entertainment Group, Gerard McMurray and Christine Berg alleging copyright infringement.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges he is the author of "My Brother's Keeper" and "Hell 2 Pay," the two volumes of "Burning Sands." "My Brother's Keeper" was published in 2014.
The suit states that the defendants copied parts of his book for the 2017 film of the same name. The film was based on a screenplay written by McMurray and Berg after the publication of the plaintiff's book, the suit states.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks enjoin the defendants, impound all infringing materials, actual damages, profits, statutory damages, profits, court costs, and any further relief the court grants. He is represented by Bryan R. Lentz, Gavin P. Lentz and Peter R. Bryant of Bochetto & Lentz PC in Philadelphia.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-03212-JCJ