After Woody Allen writer threatens lawsuit, ‘Allen v. Farrow’ makers reply, Leisure Information
With the debut of controversial HBO docuseries ‘Allen v. Farrow’, a brand new problem appears to have stirred up as Skyhorse Publishing that printed Woody Allen’s ‘Apropos of Nothing’ final 12 months is accusing the docuseries group with a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Because the docuseries makes use of Woody Allen’s audiobook as reference level for the bigger a part of the present, Skyhorse Publishing is slamming the usage of the identical with out looking for their or the Hollywood director’s permission thus infringing upon their rights. They allege that the clips of audiobook excerpts from Allen had been used and performed with out their permission. In a press release despatched to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, Tony Lyons, President and Writer of Skyhorse Publishing stated that “neither the producers nor HBO ever approached Skyhorse to request permission to make use of excerpts from the audiobook. “
Lyons added, “Skyhorse obtained info second hand solely on the very finish of final week that every of the documentary’s 4 episodes makes in depth use of audiobook excerpts. Promptly on Friday, February 19, our legal professional notified HBO’s in-house counsel by letter that if the usage of the audiobook had been anyplace close to what we had been listening to, it will represent copyright infringement. HBO has not responded to our letter. Having now seen the primary episode, we consider that its unauthorized use of the audiobook is evident, willful infringement beneath present authorized precedent, and that the opposite episodes will infringe, too, in the event that they acceptable the audiobook in an analogous method.”
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Lyons additionally added, “We’ll take the authorized motion we deem essential to redress our and Woody Allen’s rights in his mental property.”
In the meantime, filmmakers of ‘Allen v. Farrow’, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick deny Skyhorse Publishing’s claims. “The creators of ‘Allen v. Farrow’ legally used restricted audio excerpts from Woody Allen’s memoir within the sequence beneath the Truthful Use doctrine,” the movie group behind the docuseries stated.
For these unversed, The Truthful Use Doctrine permits the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in sure circumstances.
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Additionally, Woody Allen has denied the allegations and launched a press release with spouse Quickly-Yi Previn accusing the documentarians of “collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers” and describing the sequence as a “shoddy hit piece.”
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