10.4 C
London
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Netflix Settles ‘Queen’s Gambit’ Libel Case Filed by Soviet Chess Grandmaster

Must read

Biden’s student loan cancellation plan will cost $400 billion, Congressional Budget Office estimates

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's plan to forgive $10,000 in federal student debt to most borrowers will cost the government about $400 billion, the...

Meta wants you to create more Instagram and Facebook accounts and jump between them easily • londonbusinessblog.com

Meta is working on making it easier for users to switch between Facebook and Instagram accounts via a new profile switching tool. Anyone using either...

Cloudflare rolls out new mobile services to secure employees’ smartphones • londonbusinessblog.com

To get a roundup of londonbusinessblog.com's biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Good morning,...

Fintech Thriday Raises $6 Million Pre-Series A Led by NAB Ventures

Thriday, a small business financial management platform, has raised $6 million in a pre-Series A. The round was led by NAB Ventures, the investment bank's...
Shreya Christinahttps://londonbusinessblog.com
Shreya has been with londonbusinessblog.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider londonbusinessblog.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.

Netflix has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a Georgian chess master who alleged she was defamed in an episode of “The Queen’s Gambit.”

Nona Gaprindashvili argued that her performance was discredited when a chess announcer on the Netflix series falsely stated that she had “never dealt with men”. In fact, in 1968, the year the series was set, Gaprindashvili had encountered 59 male competitors.

Netflix had tried to have the lawsuit dismissed, alleging that the show’s creators were broadly licensed under the First Amendment. But in January, a federal judge rejected that argument, stating that fictional works are not immune from lawsuits if they defame real people.

Netflix appealed the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but the case was dismissed on Tuesday.

“The parties are pleased that the matter has been resolved,” said attorney Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, who represented Gaprindashvili.

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. A Netflix spokesperson also said, “We are pleased that the matter has been resolved.”

Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’.Charlie Gray / Netflix

“The Queen’s Gambit” portrays Beth Harmon, a fictional American who becomes an international chess champion. In the final episode, Harmon defeats a male competitor at a tournament in Moscow. An announcer explains that her opponent has underestimated her. “The only unusual thing about her is actually her gender. And even that is not unique in Russia. There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is the female world champion and has never dealt with men.”

Gaprindashvili, now 81, argued the reference was “grossly sexist and disparaging”.

Netflix argued that the reference was intended to recognize Gaprindashvili, not to belittle her. The series employed two chess experts to get the details correct.

The streamer also relied on a 2018 ruling in the California Court of Appeals with the FX show ‘Feud’. In that case, Olivia de Havilland claimed she had been wrongly portrayed as a “vulgar gossip.” The appeals court sided with FX, finding that creators have a right to interpret history and that real subjects have no veto power over how they are portrayed.

Nona Gaprindashvili, a Soviet-era chess grandmaster
Nona Gaprindashvili speaks in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2019. Irakli Gedenidze / Reuters via Alamy

However, in the Gaprindashvili case, US District Judge Virginia Phillips found that this does not mean that creators have an unfettered right to defame people.

“Netflix does not cite, and the Court is not aware of, cases where charges of defamation for the depiction of real persons in otherwise fictional works are excluded,” the judge wrote. “The fact that the series was a work of fiction does not insulate Netflix from liability for defamation if all elements of defamation are otherwise present.”

The settlement means the 9th Circuit won’t be able to decide — at least for now — on where to draw the line when portraying real people in fictional works.

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Biden’s student loan cancellation plan will cost $400 billion, Congressional Budget Office estimates

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's plan to forgive $10,000 in federal student debt to most borrowers will cost the government about $400 billion, the...

Meta wants you to create more Instagram and Facebook accounts and jump between them easily • londonbusinessblog.com

Meta is working on making it easier for users to switch between Facebook and Instagram accounts via a new profile switching tool. Anyone using either...

Cloudflare rolls out new mobile services to secure employees’ smartphones • londonbusinessblog.com

To get a roundup of londonbusinessblog.com's biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Good morning,...

Fintech Thriday Raises $6 Million Pre-Series A Led by NAB Ventures

Thriday, a small business financial management platform, has raised $6 million in a pre-Series A. The round was led by NAB Ventures, the investment bank's...

This job seeker went viral because she printed her resume on a cake

The resume ended on a cake, but the friendship that resulted is freshly baked. Courtesy topic The pie resume that went viral on LinkedIn On September 2,...