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It's not uncommon for production companies to find themselves in legal trouble over their content or copyright of their films. From something as simple as a billboard displaying an iconic personality to severe copyright infringement, it all gets looked at. Once a film starts getting recognized, it goes under the microscope, and whether they're right or wrong, people will come out of the woodwork to see if they can take a piece of the proverbial pie.

The latest example of this is Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, who claims that the most awarded film of the year, The Hurt Locker, was a literal transcription of his life to the big screen. You might be thinking, “Well, that could be said by ANY IED specialist participating in the wars right now,” and you're right, but Sarver has a little more to base his accusations on.

Journalist Mark Boal wrote an article for Playboy about his time in the Middle East embedded with a bomb defusing team, which as you probably guessed, Master Sgt. Sarver was a part of. Boal then took his experience with Sgt. Sarver's squad to write the screenplay for The Hurt Locker-- not so farfetched to think that elements of his life made it into the fictional story.

The story comes from CNN and says nothing about the specifics of how his life was ripped off, but the claim is enough to get attention. Even if Sarver does have a strong case, taking on a juggernaut film studio may prove too difficult or expensive for him to get want he wants, which is just a little recognition, and of course a few bucks.
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