A Jury Will Decide If “Catfish” Was A Hoax

Even though the filmmakers and producers claimed that the movie “Catfish” was NOT a hoax, the question still lingered in people’s minds. After seeing the film and having endless discussions with friends—mostly about how hot Nev is—I feel confident that the film was really, really real. But not everyone agrees with me about the film’s authenticity, even after the Ariel and Nev Schulman and Henry Joost addressed the issue on “20/20.” Well, soon we will know for sure if “Catfish” was a ruse due to a lawsuit being brought against the film. Warning: spoilers after the jump. In a pivotal scene in the movie, Angela (pretending to be Megan) claims to be the voice behind singer-songwriter Amy Kuney’s song “Downhill From Here.” When Nev discovers that it’s not actually Megan singing, he begins to have his doubts about her. Well … Amy Kuney’s record label is suing the film for unpaid licensing fees for the song. The “Catfish” producers counter that they don’t technically owe Amy any money because the film falls under “fair use” copyright laws, which exclude real-life documentaries from paying licensing fees. When this lawsuit goes to trial, the “Catfish” team will have to testify about the validity of the film. I guess we’ll just have to leave it up to a jury. [Hollywood Reporter]