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Marlboro incriminated in thieving Australian film

Published on February 19th, 2015 00:00

An Australian movie director states a cigarette giant is taking advantage of his work without agreement to sell cigarettes abroad.

Rick Mereki's short film, Move, presents a man walking towards the camera as the background cycles through places in 11 various nations.

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The movie, filmed over more than a month, was used by STA Travel to advertise their brand in 2011.

The independent film producer says he has now discovered that his movie is being used in an advertising campaign for Marlboro cigarettes.

Mr Mereki says he was informed about the use of his film after the cigarette advertising presented on US show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Oliver's satirical TV news program viewed how cigarette firms countered laws created to decrease cigarette use.

'I just discovered about this a few hours ago ... Absolutely unauthorised .. not happy,' Mereki stated.

'LastWeekTonight After watching last nights show I discovered Marlboro not lawful used part of my short film MOVE in that 'Maybe' promo video ??,' he tweeted to the hit US show.

STA Travel said it were investigating the problem.

AAP has got into contact with Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro, for comment.