Weinstein, Millennium hit with $10 million suit over 'Lovelace' film

Wed Aug 7, 2013 5:49pm EDT
 
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By Brent Lang

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The Weinstein Company and Millennium Films, producers of "Lovelace" - a new biopic about Linda Lovelace - are being sued for $10 million over alleged copyright and trademark violations.

In a lawsuit filed in New York federal court, Arrow Productions, which owns the copyright to the 1972 film, claims that Weinstein and Millennium copped more than five minutes of the famed porn star's notorious vehicle and violated its trademarked rights to the name Linda Lovelace.

Lovelace was the stage name of the film's star, the late Linda Susan Boreman.

"Lovelace," which showed at Sundance earlier this year, stars Amanda Seyfried as the title character and will receive a limited release in the U.S. on Friday. Arrow claims that the film reproduces scenes from "Deep Throat" in full and copies dialogue and blocking, including two graphic sex sequences.

"Rather than negotiating licenses for 'Deep Throat' IP, rather than deferring to Arrow's vision for the 'Deep Throat' brand, defendants have simply taken what they wanted and crossed their fingers," the suit reads.

A Spokeswoman for Millennium declined to comment. A spokesperson for The Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did an attorney for Arrow.

"Deep Throat" caused a sensation in popular culture when it premiered, ushering in more mainstream acceptance of pornography. It even played a minor footnote in history when it served as the moniker for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's most famous anonymous source as the Washington Post reporters uncovered a wider conspiracy surrounding the Watergate break-in.

It also made Lovelace a star, though being the face of pornography did not always come easily. Her former husband Chuck Traynor was a production manager on "Deep Throat," and when the pair split in the '70s, she accused him in divorce proceedings of forcing her into pornography at gunpoint and beating her.   Continued...