The producer of an instructional video about growing medical marijuana said the advertising and consulting firms it hired have conspired to copy, distribute and sell the DVD without its permission.
Grow Scene Productions filed a federal lawsuit, saying it enlisted Haze Consulting, Get Me Goings Productions, Robert Pyne Media and Sareli Marketing to promote its video, Mary N’ Jane Present the Successful Indoor Cultivation of Medical Marijuana, featuring the fictional characters “Mary” and “Jane,” reports Maria Dinzeo at Courthouse News.
The companies allegedly told Grow Scene that the video would not be finalized or reproduced without Grow Scene’s written approval, but on August 17, Grow Scene found Haze promoting the video at a Las Vegas marijuana trade show.
When confronted, Sammy Trujillo of Haze said he was in the process of printing 10,000 DVDs for distribution at Seattle Hempfest later that month, according to the complaint.
Trujillo allegedly got the video from Robert Pyne, of, not surprisingly, Robert Pyne Media, and a man named Marlo Jordon “was responsible for ordering and paying for” the 10,000 unauthorized DVDs, according to the complaint.
Grow Scene said it learned that Get Me Goings had changed the password of its website, www.maryjane.com, without Grow Scene’s consent, allowing anyone to download copies of the video “with users directed to Get Me Goings’ PayPal page when attempting to make their purchase.”
Get Me Goings is also refusing to return all production materials for the video, Grow Scene said.
Grow Scene claims it lost at least $150,000 due to the defendants’ copyright infringement, conversion, unfair competition and false designation of origin.
The company is demanding punitive damages and a court order barring the sale of its video against the four firms, along with individuals Trujillo and Jordon.
Grow Scene is represented by attorney Alan Korn of Berkeley, California, according to Courthouse News.