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Tjeknavorian v. Acorne Productions

Tjeknavorian v. Acorne Productions

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PlaintiffsZarehandAlinaTjeknavorian(collectively,the Tjeknavorians ),byandthroughtheirattorneys,filethisComplaintagainstDefendantsAcorneProductions,LLC
( Acorne )andShantMardirossian(collectively,withAcorne,the Defendants ).Insupportof
theirclaims,theTjeknavoriansallegeasfollows:
INTRODUCTION
1.TheTjeknavoriansaredocumentaryfilmmakerswhohavededicatedtheircareerstoexploringandraisingawareness
of
Armeniancultureandhistory.Theyhavecreateda
widely-honoredbody
of
workthatbringsArmenianstoriestoaglobalaudience.Defendants
havehelpedfundtheircurrentproject,adocumentaryfilmconcerningAmericanreliefeffortsin
responsetotheArmenianGenocide(the Film ).Bythislawsuit,theTjeknavoriansseektosecuretheircopyrightstoworksthattheyauthoredwhileworkingtocreatetheFilm,which
Defendantsareseekingtostripfromtheminstatecourt.
2.Byway
of
background,theTjeknavoriansbeganworkontheFilminOctober2009anddidnotstopworkingonituntilNovember2013.Duringthattime,theTjeknavorians
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