Sony Pictures Home Video Revenues Class Action Settlement
You are a member of the class if you had at least one profit participation contract with SPE dated on or before December 31, 1981 or are you the heir, successor or assign of someone who does, and your contract does not include a provision regarding the calculation of your Profit Participation specifically with regard to Home Video Revenue, Electronic Sell-Through Revenue and/or VOD Revenue and your predecessors did NOT modify the Profit Participation Contract to include a provision for Profit Participation specifically with regard to Home Video Revenue, Electronic Sell-Through Revenue and/or VOD. Finally if you received Profit Participation payments under the Profit Participation Contract from SPE as of December 31, 2016 you are considered a recouped class member, if you did not but meet all other criteria listed above you are an unrecouped class member and you may also file under that subclass
Refer to question number eight on the official settlement FAQ
Proof of Purchase
Larry E. Martindale, et. al. v. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.Case No. BC499182 Los Angeles Superior Court, Central Civil West Courthouse
This lawsuit claims that SPE failed to properly account for and pay motion picture profit participants (e.g. producers, directors, and actors) in regard to Home Video Revenue, Electronic Sell-Through Revenue, and VOD Revenue under profit participation contracts that do not include express provisions regarding the treatment of such revenues for calculation of profit participation.
Home Video Revenue is revenue derived from the sale of physical copies of motion pictures in tangible products such as Videocassettes, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs. Electronic Sell-Through Revenue is revenue derived from the sale of digital copies of motion pictures that are delivered to the consumer via electronic transmission (e.g. through download purchases on iTunes or Amazon). VOD Revenue is revenue derived from digital streaming of motion pictures, including through services commonly known as “video-on-demand” or “subscription video-on-demand,” where the consumer does not obtain permanent ownership of a copy of the motion picture (e.g. streaming on services like Netflix).