Magazine article Screen International

Judge Dismisses Lovelace Suit

Magazine article Screen International

Judge Dismisses Lovelace Suit

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A New York federal Judge ruled in favour of Lovelace filmmakers and distributor RADiUS-TWC.

Judge Thomas Griesa rejected a $10m claim filed on Monday by Arrow Productions that sought to block the film's Aug 9 release on the basis that Lovelace contains more than five minutes of footage from Arrow's seminal 1972 release Deep Throat that was used without permission.

The plaintiff had also sought judgment for use of the title Lovelace, which they claim was borrowed from their trademarked name Linda Lovelace without licence or permission.

However the US District Court judge dismissed the plaintiff's claims, finding in favour of Millennium Films, Nu Image, Animus Films, Untitled Entertainment, Eclectic Pictures, Avi Lerner, Laura Rister and RADiUS-TWC.

"We are relieved that common sense prevailed," said Millennium Films president Mark Gill. "The suit was completely unwarranted. …

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