EXCLUSIVE: After many years of authorized wars between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow and numerous jurisdictions over sexual baby assault claims towards the Oscar-winning director, HBO’s Allen v. Farrow docuseries could have opened a complete new battlefield.
Skyhorse Publishing is critically considering a copyright infringement lawsuit towards the premium cabler and the filmmakers behind the four-part docuseries for unauthorized use of audio from Allen’s 2020 memoir Apropos of Nothing.
“Neither the producers nor HBO ever approached Skyhorse to request permission to make use of excerpts from the audiobook,” the publishing firm instructed Deadline on Monday.
“Skyhorse acquired 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,” Skyhorse added.
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“Promptly on Friday, February 19, our legal professional notified HBO’s in-house counsel by letter that if using the audiobook have been wherever close to what we have been listening to, it might 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 obvious, willful infringement underneath present authorized precedent, and that the opposite episodes will infringe, too, in the event that they applicable the audiobook in an identical method,” Skyhorse continued.
“We will take the authorized motion we deem essential to redress our and Woody Allen’s rights in his mental property.”
Skyhorse wouldn’t elaborate on their future plans past its assertion to Deadline. HBO didn’t reply to requests for touch upon the letter when contacted by Deadline.
Excerpts from the Allen-narrated memoir seem all through the four-part HBO docuseries, together with greater than three minutes within the first episode alone. The Fair Use Doctrine, which permits copyrighted materials for use with out permission in sure information reporting, criticism and particular different codecs, typically permits for underneath 10 seconds of mentioned copyrighted materials to be included in a undertaking.
Allen v. Farrow filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick gained full entry to Mia Farrow and daughter Dylan Farrow for Allen v. Farrow, which covers their accusations of sexual baby assault towards Allen, and the way the filmmaker has had a grip on the authorized system.
Since the accusation was made in 1992, Allen has denied any impropriety together with his adopted daughter Dylan, who was 7 on the time of the alleged assault.
Earlier, Deadline reported on Skyhorse’s official assertion about HBO use of Apropos of Nothing “with out permission.” Ziering and Dick used parts of the audiobook, which Allen reads from, to symbolize his facet within the docuseries. This was after the filmmakers reached out to Allen, his spouse Soon-Yi Previn and Moses Farrow to take part within the documentary.
On Sunday night time, a spokesperson for Allen and Previn mentioned they have been “approached lower than two months in the past and given solely a matter of days ‘to reply.’ Of course, they declined to take action.” Allen and Previn’s spokesperson additionally mentioned, “These documentarians had little interest in the reality. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to place collectively a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.”
Allen’s memoir was initially set to be printed by Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, the identical writer of his son Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein investigation novel Catch and Kill. Farrow known as Hachette out, and there was a walkout of 75 of the writer’s staff in protest of Allen’s autobiography being printed. After Hachette canceled publication of the memoir, Skyhorse picked it up underneath its Arcade Publishing imprint in March 2020.
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