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The Main Evidence

The Similarities Lists

Get a copy of the Brick City “reality series” and compare it with a copy of the Brick City book. Use the following 12-page list to see exactly the minute and second where the movie used precisely particular pages of the book.

The lower courts did not show a thorough, item-by-item examination of the Similarities Lists — a decision to ignore the evidence, which has so far favored the Defense. The Similarities Lists prove the copyright infringement beyond a reasonable doubt.

      The following format is used in the lists: “(Page #)” denotes the book page number; “(##:##)” designates the approximate minute and second of the movie.

{Start of Episode 1, “Summer is Ours”} The first similarity is that the film has the same title as the plaintiff’s Brick City book, which the Defense admitted to having per the Complaint. The Defendants could have safely stayed in same-title territory without violation of the copyright but they went on to adapt the particular form of expression, resulting in the remaining strong similarities listed as follows:

1.The location mentioned in the book is “could be a Newark…” p. 2; the film series is focused on Newark from the very first visual scenes in the intro; the Defense admitted that the book was all about Newark numerous times in their papers submitted to the Court.

2.Executive Producer Forest Whitaker locates the project in Newark in his introduction, particular to the expression of the Brick City book (0:19)

3.The book is particularly structured in five chapters; the film followed with five episodes

4.The Brick City anti-crime patrol organized and led by Jeep was portrayed in the film as Cory A. Booker and Police Director McCarthy leading the Newark police force against crime (86-88) (1:15…) (9-12:13) (14:25) (32:21-33:55)

5.A romantic couple are two of the main characters, altered for the movie (3,4,18-20,80-86,95-98,103-105) (6:31…) (12:34-13:49)

6.The film’s line “I know the guy” after a crime at 10:04 is similar to the line in the book on p. 89 where Angelo Bruno says “I know the kid” as Casher contemplates the crime of robbing Angelo’s pizza parlor (89) (10:04)

7.A pregnancy announcement is made by the female romantic to the male romantic (95) (13:13)

8.A pregnancy announcement is made to the female romantic’s mother (86) (13:27)

9.The book’s mentors, Rashid Hasan, Mr. Abdullah, and Mr. Allen were consolidated in the movie in part by The Street Doctor (26-28, 34,35,42,43,46-50,102,103,104,105,107,108,87) (17:37-20:55)

10.Fathering issues are a focus in both, in which the movie is reminiscent of book characters like Scottsboro who is mentored by Mr. Abdullah; also in the movie they became the busload of boys on Father’s Day being mentored by the Street Doctor (26-28) (19:18-20:55)

11.Police filming crime and videotaping suspect’s actions (1,3) (22:23-25:15)

12.In the book criminal-turned-activist Rashid Hasan is on the scene after Casher smash-n-grabs a blue leather jacket; in the movie criminal-turned-activist The Street Doctor is on the scene after a shooting (42-44) (29:54)

13.The Brick City book focuses on parenting: in the book Iris Vine’s mothering of daughter Liana Vine was a particular expression, Willamina mothers her son Jeep, Violet mothers her son Scottsboro, Robert Burns fathers his son Scottsboro; this parenting focus was altered by the Father’s Day scene featuring The Street Doctor, by Creep being a stepfather and father, by Cory Booker’s parents being repeatedly featured throughout the film including at a tribute speech, at home, in an interview, and on the radio (22-38,45,46,51-65,72,73,78,79,85,86,94-98) (8:27…) (13:52) (34:20-37:52)

14.The incident at 40:31 of the DVD in the project courtyard is like Casher’s holdup in the project lobby, considering the actions: the violator gets the drugs and the money and one gunshot is fired, in altered sequence but similar composition (90,91) (40:31-40:54)

15.In the book old street guy Rashid Hasan counsels young gang member Casher; in movie old street King Sau counsels young gang member Jayda (42,43) (41:21-43:00)

16.In the book our group of young men follow Jeep just before a sweep at the projects; in the movie police confer on criminal behavior just before a sweep at the projects (86,87) (43:01)

17.The book’s Liana vomits in toilet, as derivatively the movie’s pregnant romantic female does (p. 22) (43:51-44:54)

18.The book has a virtual barbershop scene; the movie has a barbershop scene (p. 108) (44:54)

19.When Casher gets “baptized,” he is facing the law after falling into the canal and when Casher is in jail looking out the window at Jeep, Rashid Hasan, and the other bridge walkers after he bragged all big and bad is like Jayda’s fall when she turns herself into the law (93,105-107) (45:35-46:17…) {End of Episode 1, “Summer is Ours”}

20. {Start of Episode 2, “The Struggle”} The book’s Casher got locked up and loved ones show concern was altered to the female romantic getting locked up (93,105-107) (3:01-4:10) (9:52) (18:31-20:43)

21.Book shows The Canal and the Canal Master making economic plans/ Movie features Port Newark waterfront and Newark economic development plans (70-72) (4:11-6:17)

22.In the book Councilman Mizzetti has a demolition scheme; the movie shows reminiscent scene of workers in Brick City demolishing buildings; Cory A. Booker helps demolish and speaks about development (50-51) (11:35-12:18) (22:11-24:05)

23.The book’s male mentors, Rashid Hasan, Mr. Abdullah, and Mr. Allen were replaced in the movie in part by the male mentoring program at Central High School (26-28, 34,35,42,43,46-50,102,103,104,105,107,108,87) (20:45) (26:23-26:39)

24.Brick City book features Brick City high school principal Shell; movie shows Central High School principal Ras Baraka (9,10,98-100) (26:40…)

25.The book features Scottsboro, and the historical background of his name as well as how his dream embodies The African-American Struggle Against Racism/In the movie the demonstration by Imamu Amiri Baraka and the People’s Organization for Progress represents The Struggle by remembering the rebellion of 1967: both have court trial scenes, both have protest organizations that make a move to control their environment by patrolling the residential building and confronting criminals (46,56,74,75) (31:36-33:06)

26.Controversy about a male touching a female’s chest occurs in both, another instance of adapting particulars from the original Brick City by E. Adam Jackson into a derivative filmwork (21, 22, 54, 85, 86) (35:41-)

27.Jeep leading the anti-crime meeting and his fellows following his heroic lead against crime on p. 86-88 is elaborated by Cory A. Booker’s leaderly anti-crime pep talk with his police force, and their ensuing anti-crime efforts continue the similarities (i.e. police helicopter at  46:43 & 47:13) in Brick City (86-88) (43:12-45:29){End of Episode 2 “Struggle”}

28.{Start of Episode 3 “Central”} Both the copyrighted book and the subsequent movie chronicle the struggle of the high school principal and the high school itself struggling within the system (9,10,98-100) (3:11-5:21) (9:40-10:33) (27:44-29:28) (31:56-33:20) (40:55) (44:21)

29.Male/female relationship-building is a prominent component that was adapted from the book to the movie (18-20, 55-59, 78, 79, 80-82, 95-98) (5:24 -6:55) (11:47 – 14-54) (26:07 – 27:43) (29:37 – 31:55) (54:45)

30.Male mentoring in Brick City is a prominent component that was adapted from the book to the movie 25-28,30,31-34,42,43,46,47,50,60,74,87,89,108-110) (40:55 – 44:50) (46:15 – 46:50) (47:43 – 50:44)

31.Female romantic Liana shows organizational skills in the book; recast as Jayda in the movie (80-84,86-88, 104-105) (44:51 – 46:15) (46:51 – 47:42) {end of Episode 3 “Central”}

32.{Start of Episode 4 “Circus”} In the book, police take action at the projects with helicopters, the movie shows similar scene; (1,2,3,4,93) (1:12 – 2:14) (helicopter 24:35)

33.Male-female relationship building is a component that was adapted from the book to the movie (18-20, 55-59, 78, 79, 80-82, 95-98) (6:11 – 7:01) (26:48 – 27:38)

34.In the book there are court trials for The Scottsboro Boys/in the movie there is the court trial for Jayda (75) (7:02 – 7:40) (13:23 – 14:12) (29:24 – 30:32) (43:34 – 44:16 this scene also furthers the “organizer” characteristic) (48:06 – 51:04)

35.Humanization of young gangsters and thugs occurs in both (5-9, 11-17, 48-50, 88-93, 105-107) (9:02 – 9:50) (30:34 – 32:20) (35:28 – 43:32)

36.Female romantic has heart to heart talk with mother about baby, baby’s father and about plans for organizing (96-97) (24:50 – 25:45)

37.In the book Liana consulted with a sportswriter and a scout about her project, which was to manage the million dollar talents of her quarterbacking boyfriend Jeep Thomas and then he performs his talent as planned on the field/In the movie female romantic organizer consults with Cory A. Booker about her female mentoring project and then takes her project to the streets (80-82) (36:03 – 39:26)

38.In the book there are court trials for The Scottsboro Boys/in the movie there is the court trial for Jayda (75) (4:04 – 4:36) (19:01) (39:47 – 40:23)

39.Humanization of young gangsters and thugs occurs in both (5-9, 11-17, 48-50, 88-93, 105-107) (9:02 – 9:50) (30:34 – 32:20) (35:28 – 43:32)

40.In the book, a football scene leads to Liana doing public relations to promote Jeep; in the movie a football scene leads to Jayda doing mentoring  (public relations) (80-82) (11:56 – 13:09)

41.In the book, Councilman Mizzetti consults with his lawyer; in the movie politicians repeatedly consult in playing politics (51, 52) (11:00 – 11:54) (14:00 – 15:33)

42.In the book, there is the Brick City patrol, the aggressive anti-crime group founded by Jeep and his boys; they witnessed a drug robbery in which there is a shooting amid dissension between opposing gangs, altered by the movie (86-94) (30:50)

43.Book features high school principal Shell; movie shows Central High School principal Ras Baraka (9,10,98-100) (27:48 – 30:52)  (33:04 – 36:00)

44.At 41:42 Police Director McCarthy says “if I were to write a book” perhaps stating the blameworthy awareness of those who recognized a great story and then violated its copyright, tipping us off by unconsciously revealing the deed (41:42)

45.The book ends off with a poem by Scottsboro Wood; the end of the film recasts and transforms that into a poem by Mayor Cory Booker (111) (BONUS SCENES)

Character Similarities

1.Character copy: in the book Councilman Mizzetti is a politician who plays a central role by doing the right thing; in the movie he became Mayor Cory A. Booker who plays the central role

2.Character copy: Councilman Mizzetti the politician also became Councilman Oscar James

3.Character copy: Liana and Jeep, the book’s couple who becomes pregnant as (cover, 3,4,18-20) Liana plans and organizes for family’s future despite issues with her mother, (80-86,95-98) became in the movie the gang-related couple who gets pregnant but the young mother is a gang girl who becomes an organizer of a girl’s mentoring group

4.Character copy: The book’s high school principal Mr. Shell became the movie’s principal of Central High School (9,10,98-100)

5.Character copy: Rashid Hasan, a.k.a. The Hustler, is a former criminal who (34,35,42,43) transforms himself to be a pillar of the community; in the movie The Hustler/ Rashid Hasan became The Street Doctor and Brother Ali Muslim as well as Jiwe (40-50, 102-108); all three explain their transformation from criminal to communal behavior

6.Character copy: The property development activities of The Hustler became the property developers in the film series (41-43, 49, 50, 108)

7.Character copy: Tyrone Broadway, the book’s young karate fighter, became Michael Perez Central High School’s young boxer (3,34,78,101,108,109,46,47)

8.Character copy: The trials and transformations of the book’s young gang member Casher became the trials and transformations of the movie’s young gang member/ female romantic partner Jayda (3,4,5-17,39-43,88-93,105-107)

9.Character copy: The anti-gang, anti-crime activities led by Jeep and the boys become the anti-gang, anti-crime activities in the film led by Mayor Cory Booker, Police Director McCarthy and Cory Booker (86-88)

10.Character copy: Mr. Abdullah, the librarian who wears costumes including a doctor’s costume to help make his points for self-improvement, became The Street Doctor, who often wears a doctor’s costume (26-28, 87)

11.Character copy: Scottsboro, the fatherless young man whose name symbolizes the struggle against US racism, is the model for the movie’s group of fatherless youth being mentored by the school administrators, for Cory A. Booker and his parents relationship being explored, and for Cory A. Booker posing as the freedom fighter (25,27,29-33,55-65,94)

12.Character copy: The repeated police helicopter monitoring and dealing with crime in the book is mimicked by repeated police helicopter monitoring in the film (1,2,3,4,93)

13.Character copy: The parents Orleen and Ty Sr., Violet and Prof. Burns, became Cory Booker’s parents (72,73,78,79,94)

That is the end of the Similarities Lists. Each page number listed represents a similarity. Any differences in the reality series beyond its substantial similarities with the book are classified as elaborations and modifications under the derivative work specifications in Chapter 1, section 101 of the U.S. Copyright law.

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