'Deep Throat' production company sues over 'Lovelace' film

Tue Aug 6, 2013 6:12pm EDT
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By Nate Raymond

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The production company that owns the rights to the pornographic movie "Deep Throat" filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block distribution of the upcoming movie "Lovelace," a biography of the adult film's star.

Arrow Productions Ltd, the owner of the rights to the 1972 film, filed a $10 million copyright lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against the producers of the movie, starring Amanda Seyfried, and its distributor, The Weinstein Company.

"Lovelace" chronicles the formative years of porn star Linda Lovelace (born Linda Boreman), her abusive marriage to Chuck Traynor, played by Peter Sarsgaard, and how she came to work on "Deep Throat.

The lawsuit contends that the production company used more than five minutes of footage from "Deep Throat" without a license or permission.

The title "Lovelace" gets its market appeal entirely from the cultural cachet of the trademarked name Linda Lovelace, Arrow Productions said.

"Defendants use that title without license or permission," the lawsuit said.

Representative for the defendants, who include Millennium Films Inc and United Entertainment Inc, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"Lovelace" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It is set to be released in theaters and available to video on demand customers on Friday.   Continued...