Netflix has been hit with a lawsuit for its award-winning documentary series Wild Wild Country which debuted in March 2018.
Filmmaker Michael Hilow and The Osho International Foundation sued the streaming giant, as well as directors Chapman Way and Maclain Way and Duplass Brothers Productions, claiming that it used a substantial amount of footage with consent.
Osho, a group that promotes the teachings of the documentary’s central character guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, assert in their claim that 88 instances of copyright infringement occur across 12 minutes in total, amounting to ‘roughly a quarter of the episode’s total duration.
Both Osho and Hilow are seeking damages and profits from the series. The synopsis for the six-parter, which won the Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series last year, reads:
When a controversial cult leader builds a utopian city in the Oregan desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.
On Sunday, Priyanka Chopra announced that she’s going to take on an adaptation of Wild Wild Country.
We’re developing it as the character of Sheela, who was this guru who originated from India, [Osho’s] right-hand woman.
And she was just devious and created a whole cult in America, brought people here. [The doc] was amazing, and I’m developing that next for me to star in and produce, which I think would be really cool.
Wild Wild Country is available to stream on Netflix