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Sweden TV 'harmed' film integrity
Swedish director and screenwriter Vilgot Sjoman
Sjoman's sexually explicit films stirred controversy in the 1960s
A Swedish TV channel damaged the artistic integrity of two filmmakers by interrupting their movies with commercial breaks, a court has found.

Claes Eriksson and Vilgot Sjoman, who died on Sunday, sued TV4 after two of their films were interrupted in 2002.

The films were made before a change in the law allowing TV stations to have breaks during films.

The appeals court in Stockholm said the artists had not given permission for the breaks.

Eriksson said Sjoman, who died aged 81 from a brain haemorrhage, would have been "incredibly happy" with the decision.

"This has taken four years of our time, and it is good that it has not been in vain," Eriksson told Swedish TV.

The judgement, which upholds an earlier ruling by a lower court, means Eriksson can sue for damages.

TV4 said it was considering appealing the decision to the Swedish Supreme Court.

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