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This is a link post I'm not sure what to do about this. I made this!
Does anyone remember this film I made (well, made with some other people) a while ago? b3ta.com/links/Forrest_Gump_in_one_minute_in_one_take

Someone's sent me an entry to a Nokia filmmaking competition that's literally a shot for shot, line for line, idea for idea remake of it, this has been the first I've heard of it. I wouldn't mind except the person who entered it has won a "Critics Choice" award out of this rehash, including a FUCKING TRIP TO CANNES.

So yeah, I'm not sure what to do. Anyone have any advice? Nokia's response is in the Twitters here: twitter.com/Nokia_UK
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:30, Reply)
This is a normal post Holy crap!
What a bastard. I'm sure the power of the internets can help. Might be an idea to put this out there as much as possible, reddit, digg etc and hope internet justice takes it course. Unless there's some kind of legal stuff you can try.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:40, Reply)
This is a normal post ^This as well as youtrhoughtwewouldntnotice.com
as they can give you some great advice about stopping him.

Twitter blocked so I can;t see Nokia's response. Just point out the Digital Copywrite act and how you will report them and possibly try to get compensation fvrom them over it might help.

Also try an EECB (Executive Email Carpet Bomb) consumerist.com/2007/05/how-to-launch-an-executive-email-carpet-bomb.html for a higher chance of getting a decent response from them.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:35, Reply)
This is a normal post oh dear
id definitely email the university he/she goes to, they may have entered it as one of their marked projects also.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:46, Reply)
This is a normal post
this.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:49, Reply)
This is a normal post ^agree^
I work in the arts faculty of a university.
They come down very hard against this kind of thing.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 9:02, Reply)
This is a normal post Seconded this.
She will be in A LOT of trouble if she actually submitted it as a part of her degree, whoa yes.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 10:36, Reply)
This is a normal post
You can't have them taken out of the competition as they've already won it. I'd spread the word high and wide. Send the story to papers, websites, blogs. Just let people know the truth.

The guy is a cunt. He ripped off your idea like a big cunty cunt.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:49, Reply)
This is a normal post That's really poor.
First thing would be to get on to Liverpool John Moores University, I reckon, as it seems the girl who stole it studied there.

Then yeah, break free the hounds of the internet.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:50, Reply)
This is a normal post That fucking sucks!
Having said that, something similar happened to myself recently and when I confronted the thieving cunt he just smiled and said "tough"

You however, have the benefit of a multinational that stands to lose a lot of face if they uphold this decision.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:54, Reply)
This is a normal post Holy crap!
What did you have nicked?

And yes, when I've got my head together tomorrow think I'll give her uni an email.

I just don't understand why they did exactly the same thing. They could've at least gone with a different movie or even a few different ideas.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:59, Reply)
This is a normal post The whole thing seems like it was organised by a 5 year old
www.nokiaminimo.com/blog/?p=486#comments You're not the only one with grievances.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:15, Reply)
This is a normal post haha, that blog allows anonymous unmoderated comments!
Wheeeeeeeeee!

edit: it seems they appear when you post them but then if you go to post another they're not actually there :[
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 4:26, Reply)
This is a normal post I had written a piece about .....
Indonesia as seen through the eyes of an Expatriate. It was used during a Burns Supper in 2007 and I put it up on my blog.

Three weeks ago at an event within Jakarta(which was attended by about 7,000 people) the free programme had the same piece in a three page illustrated spread. Knowing the c*nt responsible for the programme I challenged him on it and that was the response.

I will extract revenge in some manner, as yet undecided...
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:51, Reply)
This is a normal post They're showing 'her film' at the Advertising Festival in Cannes it seems
I say go gatecrash it and expose her as a fraud.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:58, Reply)
This is a normal post I think that would be ace!
And film it for submission into next years competition!
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 2:00, Reply)
This is a normal post ^ Now THIS is a great idea.

(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 12:36, Reply)
This is a normal post Get a PayPal button on your blog quick
Get a PayPal button you your blog quick and send the angry hoards over there. I'd send you a few quid in return for an entertaining showdown in Cannes.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 11:08, Reply)
This is a normal post Just invoice them for the usage/reproduction fee
Then take them to a small claims court when they don't pay up within the terms you set.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 10:42, Reply)
This is a normal post Jesus, man
Is there anything I can do to help? Want me to help publicise it or somethink?
(, Wed 30 Jun 2010, 12:52, Reply)
This is a normal post Crapfuck :(
Yeah, not much advice I can add, but if there's any way I could help, just ask.
Gonna click I like this. I don't. But I think attention needs to be drawn to it.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 0:54, Reply)
This is a normal post I think it merits a what happpened next spot in the newsletter
see if she responds (when she gets back from Cannes)
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:04, Reply)
This is a normal post Nah, can't see it myself?
You say there are some similarirites???

Wait a minute, ah yes now I see it. You have to admit the production values are crap though, considering the amount of time they had left over after not coming up with the idea.

Bit shoddy from Nokia. Have a look in the T&C of the contest, they should at least strip her of the title on the site.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:02, Reply)
This is a normal post THAT
is a fucking disgrace. Cheeky mare.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:12, Reply)
This is a normal post Grrr
This makes me angry on your behalf.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:18, Reply)
This is a normal post never has the "I made this!" been
so apt.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:31, Reply)
This is a normal post wow
raw fucking cheek of that!
what a horrid person
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:20, Reply)
This is a normal post Wow! that's shocking!!
It's not even like they've attempted to do anything differently!! It's just a shockingly poor, below amateur copy!

No idea where you stand on that since they've already sent the winner over there. The least they could do is drag them back kicking and screaming and give you a trip in their place. I'm sure they could afford it despite their dodgy profit announcements this year!

Good luck with it all and I hope it all has a happy ending!
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:25, Reply)
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I have some experience in this area - if you can prove in court (and I think you can) that you had the idea first and that she stole it from you, then you are owed all proceeds she has received from that work, including prizes. That would mean that she'd have to cough up whatever the trip was worth. Nokia wouldn't be legally responsible, but they are a big corporation and wouldn't want to lose face, so you might be able to get them to help, but they're not legally obliged to do anything. She won the competition fair and square from where they're standing. It would have been part of the competition submission that she asserted the work was her own, the buck stops with them.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:40, Reply)
This is a normal post quite a sizeable prize on top of the actual trip itself
Critic’s Choice Award

Chosen by an official MOFILM panel, the Critic's Choice Award is given to the film that stands out above the rest in creative brilliance and execution.

The director and a friend will win 4 days at the world famous CannesAdvertising Festival, with £600 spending money! There you'll have your film screened alongside the MOFILM brand winner at the official MOFILM ceremony. The director will also receive the kit worth over £1300, including a HD camera, audio equipment, editing gear and a tripod.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:53, Reply)
This is a normal post Small claims court
Technically you should be able to take that to small claims as it's under the limit...

It'll only cost you £30 / £50 if you do it yourself. Doing a bit of homework on the net should get you the info on what to sue her for.

But I agree, it's your idea, your work and she's got the profit. You should be entitled to at the least the monetary value of the prize, and possibily some compensation as she's had all that promotion of her "talents" too.

Shame we couldn't muster up the cash between us to take her to court properly. They go on and on about internet piracy and this is no different.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:29, Reply)
This is a normal post I would say they'd get their come-uppance,
but they'll probably just end up wealthy and in marketing.

I think the twittering copying in Nokia campaign which seems to have started is the best approach. See what happens. You deserve more than a 140 letter apology.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:43, Reply)
This is a normal post Sounds like they're off at Cannes to be awarded the 'best thievery of an idea from Youtube' prize at the Cannes Advertising Festival. So you're right.
I wonder if Nokia have posted out the £1300 worth of film equipment yet.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 2:02, Reply)
This is a normal post Just out of curiosity
Has anyone contacted the festival ? The cyber lions category is being announced today.

I'd mail the festival too and point out that this piece could well be the subject of a court case shortly :)
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:31, Reply)
This is a normal post I say mail them and have a moan
www.canneslions.com/contact/
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:36, Reply)
This is a normal post UK Cannes Lions representative
It appears that the UK Representative of Cannes Lions is Chris Pelekanou of The Guardian.

Here's his Facebook profile:
www.facebook.com/chris.pelekanou

Messaging him directly might get results.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 11:42, Reply)
This is a normal post for what it's worth
your version is way better.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:51, Reply)
This is a normal post It's always frustrating when that happens
but you have more than a strong case

Nokia won't do anything - they got their advertising.
Best suggestion so far is emailing the uni they go to. On the off-chance they're doing a filmmaking course, plagiarism wouldn't go down too well...

Best of luck. (Have a click to promote your crusade)
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:52, Reply)
This is a normal post Don't be put off by the initial corporate response. Find a human.
The man you need to contact is ShootingPeople.org's Creative Director James Mullighan. When judging an unquestionable rip-off of your film the winner, he was looking for the following qualities:

"In choosing a winner, I was looking for assuredness, soundness of concept and overcoming of the natural impediments of making a film with such limited resources as a mobile device." - James Mullighan (source)

Assuredness is lacking if the copier can't trust their own ideas, and any credit for soundness of concept belongs to you. The winner accepted the prize under false pretences and the judge who put their reputation behind that deserves to know about it. They may also agree that you deserve credit for the work you put in, but it would naive to think that there won't be pressure from some quarters to smooth things over as quietly as possible.

All sorts of social media channels for ShootingPeople.org are listed here under a 'contact us' function promising a quick reply. An open door like that usually earns a private email in the first instance IMO, but it's your call if you want to ask them about it in Twitter, for example.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 2:01, Reply)
This is a normal post ^this^
Also, keep an eye on Wikipedia, to see if this compo warrants its own page.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 9:06, Reply)
This is a normal post As soon as you made your film you had copyright to the script
and idea, as you have evidence of coming up with the idea first and they have blatently ripped you off you can sue and collect their winnings. Also I'd suggest going to the papers as you should get the recognition you so rightly deserve as well.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 2:35, Reply)
This is a normal post Pithy
And correct.

Nokia isn't going to award him the prize, he's not entitled to it as he didn't win - he didn't even enter, but if he can prove sbe stole the idea, she's obliged to give the prize to him.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 2:48, Reply)
This is a normal post Incorrect, I'm afraid.
There is no copyright on ideas. The copyright protects the work itself, not the idea behind it.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 9:37, Reply)
This is a normal post Spam Them to Death On Facebook
www.facebook.com/shootingpeoples

I joined the London Facebook group and posted up the info.

Cheers
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 3:14, Reply)
This is a normal post the truth will out in the end
any way we can help be sure to ask. Unbelievable that someone has the gal to completely rip off an original great idea and enter it into a competition on top of that! and on top of that on top of that I mentioned have it be so incredibly crap compared to your masterpeice!
signed
Angry from Madrid
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 3:48, Reply)
This is a normal post Wow
What a complete and utter cunt.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 4:19, Reply)
This is a normal post Try this site too
youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/blog3/
It's a blog dedicated to stolen ideas.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 7:28, Reply)
This is a normal post Yeah, it seems even aspiring advertisers are thieving cocks too
I will say, I appreciate Nokia responding to this over Twitter. I wholeheartedly approve of that. Shame they were duped - when the original could have won it by a mile.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:15, Reply)
This is a normal post That is
not only a complete ripoff, it's also a way inferior one. It's like they took yours and removed all the funny bits and clever bits. Keep pursuing Nokia to make an official statement - even though the winner's already in Cannes, they can still be stripped of the winners title.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 7:56, Reply)
This is a normal post There has to be some way for Nokia to make this right
I mean, there's the revenge approach where you relentlessly pursue the off-ripping bastards. But your version really is much better - and I'm sure that Nokia would acknowledge that.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:55, Reply)
This is a normal post make a How-To-Steal-Someone's-Work-In-One-Minute movie
and make sure you put this girl's name in the video. Then let it go viral.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:13, Reply)
This is a normal post people are cunts
I'm sure her university wil be very interested in this, they have to be very tough with plagiarists these days.

Somebody ripped off one of my animated gifs recently without any credit:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pDOwqLx1Jo
They didnt win any competitions or anything but it's not nice.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:18, Reply)
This is a normal post What a bunch of cunts
I advise everyone to post their annoyances here:

www.nokiaminimo.com/blog/?p=486#comments
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 9:20, Reply)
This is a normal post why is nobody...
mentioning poor Robert Zemeckis, who's ideas you BOTH ripped off - he's the real victim here! you soulless ghouls!

/pish and bosh i say!
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 9:25, Reply)
This is a normal post Ha ha ha ha ha

(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 10:26, Reply)
This is a normal post haha
and more amused laughter :D
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 11:29, Reply)
This is a normal post I don't think its like yours at all
The nokia one is slow paced, badly shot, not done in one take, has terrible sound, no explosions nor beards.

Whereas yours is fabulous.

Good luck with getting them publicly humiliated
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 9:43, Reply)
This is a normal post This is fucking terrible
I hope they get laughed out of Cannes
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 9:56, Reply)
This is a normal post Have just submitted it to
youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com for you - have an admin account there after someone ripped off one of my websites (and all of my clients). Is currently being vetted, then should be put live over the next few hours hopefully.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 9:59, Reply)
This is a normal post DESTROY THEM
HARD!
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 11:15, Reply)
This is a normal post Didn't you do the original for Empire's "Done in 60 Seconds" compo?
Can't you get them to back you up? Or at least get in touch with the Empire guys over at Bauer and see if they'll print the story.

Sod it, I've put a post on their forums and twittered them for you anyway. Even if it wasn't for that.

EVIL, EVIL, SCUMBAGS. SUBHUMAN SCUM.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 11:23, Reply)
This is a normal post Here you go...
www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=2761390&mpage=1&key=&NID=0#2761390
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 11:24, Reply)
This is a normal post I feel guilty if I repeat a joke someone else told me
let alone blatently stealing someones idea like that and claiming a prize based on it.

It's shocking.

(Actually, sadly it's not all that shocking these days. Apparently corporations just think we won't notice / won't care about blatent theft. )
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 12:32, Reply)
This is a normal post bastards
I go to John Moores Uni so if you need someone 'in the field' let me know. Did a module with the screen studies guys so have the lecturers contact details, might be worth going through them. My emails on my profile!

edit: I say 'go to', I graduate this summer but still have contact
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 12:57, Reply)
This is a normal post I can't add
to what has been said, just wanted to type a message of support, and I will send any mails that might help.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 13:00, Reply)
This is a normal post You can file a student complaint at [email protected]
Could probably enquire whether she's used it for one of her courses too.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 13:11, Reply)
This is a normal post I read all of the above comments before viewing
and good Lord, you're not wrong. It's so similar the 'Gump' character even has the same hair!
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 13:39, Reply)
This is a normal post You've probably already seen this, but...
"Hi my name is Kerry Gaffney and I work for Porter Novelli, MOFILM’s PR agency.

Further to this apology we are in direct contact with the film maker in question, Will Tribble, and are trying to resolve the situation as soon as we can. Again we apologise to Will for this error and will do our utmost to rectify it.

Comment by Kerry Gaffney — June 22, 2010 @ 12:29 pm "

www.nokiaminimo.com/blog/?p=504#comments
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 13:45, Reply)
This is a normal post What the shuddering fuck?
How could they even think to rip it off when you've got nearly 3million hits?... It beggars belief... Yours is faster paced, has sound effects, different voices, is actually funny and is NOT SHIT.

I'd be unable to express my rage, I'd go all Frank Grimes: cdn.screenjunkies.com/www/sites/default/files/simpsons_grimes.jpg

I'm a member of Shooting People, and I'm very disappointed.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 13:48, Reply)
This is a normal post Nokia response on mobile-ent.biz
www.mobile-ent.biz/news/37540/Nokia-MiniMO-contest-sparks-plagiarism-row

"Hi,

My name is Mark Hindle and I work for Nokia.

We'd like to thank everybody that took the time to enter and vote in the MiniMo competition, the quality and volume of MiniMo entries are great.

All people entering the contest confirmed that the content was their own creation and they had full rights for the footage, meaning that those judging the competition had full trust in the submissions.

We are currently investigating the alleged plagiarism concerns and would like to apologise for any issues encountered with voting and moderation. The entries we're moderated and judged by industry experts, we acted on the information that we were given and trust that our partners genuinely acted with the entrants best interest at heart.

Thanks,

Mark"
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 13:57, Reply)
This is a normal post What the fucking fuck?
I'm shocked. Literally sitting here with a dumb look on my face (err...dumber than normal).
I too, read the comments before clicking on the video and I truly didn't expect such an obvious rip off!
Wow. For what it's worth I'm getting on to some Empire people also.
Let's get this known by everybody.
*clicks as support*
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 13:59, Reply)
This is a normal post Would like to add a quick caveat to this
Been talking a lot with mofilms, the people that run the competition, and they are sorting it out...
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 17:39, Reply)
This is a normal post I think you should find the perp
and murder them.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 18:18, Reply)
This is a normal post Go check Twitter now. It's been revoked hahaha

(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 18:55, Reply)
This is a normal post YAY!
The Internet DOES have a purpose! Well done for spreading the word and hassling Nokia. They've done good. Can't really expect them to have known it was a theft originally, so well played to them I say.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 21:23, Reply)
This is a normal post Wow.
Jemma Lyon is a plagiarising cunt.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 19:33, Reply)
This is a normal post boo! but yay, eventually
you've been invited, she's been revoked, the internet has won!
www.mofilm.com/blog/2010/06/22/critics-choice-award-an-apology/

love your film, by the way.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 22:46, Reply)
This is a normal post Just think though that the only reason we know about this is that
a) She was stupid/arrogant enough to enter it into a competition.
& b) Even filtered through her crap copy it was still good enough to win.

How many other similar things are being done all the time to be used as coursework or to gain work that we never hear about?

If someone has a chance they should save a copy of the Nokia film for posterity since I imagine it'll be gone if it isn't already. I can't imagine she'll be posting it to Youtube or anything now.

Edit: Direct downloadable link is here omedia.vo.llnwd.net/o10/mofilms/platform/4891/4891_flash.flv
(, Wed 23 Jun 2010, 6:37, Reply)
This is a normal post Fuck yeah.
Internets.
(, Thu 24 Jun 2010, 0:11, Reply)
This is a normal post BUGGERS!
justice rules
(, Wed 23 Jun 2010, 1:16, Reply)