EXCLUSIVE: Fyre Fest Documentary Makers Accused Of Stealing Footage

A guy who went to the Fyre Fest is suing Netflix and the creators of a documentary for taking his footage without permission.

(AllHipHop News) The disastrous Fyre Festival is the gift that keeps on giving - to lawyers.

A guy named Austin Mills is suing Jerry Media, Vice Media, Netflix and creators of the Netflix documentary "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened," claiming they stole his footage.

Austin Mills is a former point guard for Baylor University, turned social media personality and entrepreneur.

The former point guard has provided behind the scenes commentary for the National Basketball Association while cultivating a significant presence on social media.

Austin attended Billy McFarland and Ja Rule's Fyre Festival in April of 2017.

Once he was there, he helped break the news of what was happening in a YouTube video titled “Fyre Festival COMPLETE Disaster. VLOG of Chaos!”

Austin claims reps for the documentary approached him to license his clips for "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened" but they never struck a formal agreement to use the valuable footage.

Austin Mills took a shot a Jerry Media, which was one of the companies who originally helped promote the Festival, by declaring they are attempting to make their own culpability by helping to produce "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened."

"Defendants seem to have scammed Plaintiff of his footage for use in their film about a major scam, which of course turns out to be little more than a media campaign to absolve some Defendants of their complicity in said scam," Austin Mills said.

According to Austin, the producers of why used over 500 seconds of his footage in the documentary without his permission.

Austin Mills is suing Netflix, Exuma Films, Matte Projects,, Library Films, LLC and, Vice Media for copyright infringement, vicarious and/or contributory copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

This is not the first time creators of the documentary have been accused of being too thirsty and stealing footage to complete their documentary.

Last month, another filmmaker named Nicole Pinedo sued the producers for using her footage without permission to create "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened."

The Fyre Festival was supposed to be a luxurious concert/getaway on Great Exuma island in the Bahamas.

Patrons paid $5,000 to $250,000 for all-inclusive tickets, to see big acts like Major Lazer, Tyga, Migos and Pusha T.

Instead of being treated like VIPs, guests arrived on the island where they were served cheese sandwiches and offered up wet tents as shelter.

Dozens of people who bought tickets have filed class-action lawsuits against Ja Rule and other organizers of the Fyre Festival.

Just last week, a bankruptcy trustee attendee filed a lawsuit against Pusha-T, Migos, and Lil Yachty for profiting off the festival, by accepting money to perform at the event, which was canceled before it started.

Founder Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison for fraud and bilking investors out of millions of dollars.

Billy is due for an early release and will hit the streets again sometime in 2023.



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