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University's apology to Spielberg

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is said to be one of Hollywood's most influential people

A university has apologised to Hollywood director Steven Spielberg for using his picture in a leaflet without permission.

Lampeter University's creative writing department used the movie mogul's image on a flyer promoting a course.

Lawyers acting for Spielberg, whose film credits include the Oscar-winning Saving Private Ryan, wrote to officials asking them to stop using the image.

The Ceredigion university said the offending leaflet had been withdrawn.

The picture of the 62-year-old director was used in a promotional leaflet.

'Error'

A university spokeswoman said: "The university was asked to remove a photograph of Steven Spielberg that had been included by error in a course leaflet.

"The university has apologised to Steven Spielberg via his lawyers and immediately withdrew the leaflet from circulation."

Spielberg is one of Hollywood's most influential people.

He has directed some of the most iconic films of recent times including ET, Jaws, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters, and the Indiana Jones series.

The University of Wales Lampeter recently revealed plans to merge with Trinity College Carmarthen in March.



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