exclusive: After Woody Allen (Woody Allen) and Mia Farrow (Mia Farrow) and dozens of jurisdictions filed lawsuits over decades of sexual assault against children, the film aimed at obtaining an Oscar Award director Allen v Farrow The documentary may have opened a whole new battlefield.
Skyhorse Publishing is seriously considering copyright infringement lawsuits against premium cable broadcasters and the filmmakers behind the four-part documentary, involving unauthorized use of audio from Allen 2020 memoirs Nothing.
The publishing company told Deadline on Monday: “Neither the producer nor HBO sought permission from Skyhorse to use excerpts from audiobooks.”
Skyhorse added: “Skyhorse only got second-hand information last weekend, and each of the four episodes of the documentary used extensive audiobook excerpts.”
Woody Allen (Woody Allen) and Shunyi Previn (Soon-Yi Previn) in HBO’s “Allen V.
“On Friday, February 19th, our lawyers notified HBO’s in-house lawyers in a timely manner via a letter that if audiobooks are used near the place we heard, it would constitute copyright infringement. HBO has not yet responded to our letter.
“Now that we have watched the first episode, we believe that under the existing legal precedent, the unauthorized use of audiobooks is an obvious and intentional infringement. If other episodes use audiobooks in a similar manner, other episodes will also be violated. Skyhorse continued. .
“We will take legal actions we deem necessary to correct our and Woody Allen’s rights in their intellectual property rights.”
Except for the “Deadline” statement, Skyhorse will not elaborate on their future plans. When contacted by the deadline, HBO did not respond to a request for comment on the letter.
Excerpts from Allen’s memoirs appear in the entire four-part HBO documentary, the first episode of which is more than three minutes long. The fair use principle allows unauthorized use of copyrighted material in certain news reports, criticisms, and certain other formats, and generally allows copyrighted material less than 10 seconds to be included in the project.
Allen v Farrow Filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick Allen v. Farrow, It covers their accusations of child sexual assault on Allen, and how the filmmakers master the legal system.
Since the charges were filed in 1992, Allen has denied any wrongdoing with his adopted daughter Dylan, who was only 7 years old when the alleged attack occurred.
Earlier, Deadline reported Skyhorse’s official statement regarding HBO’s use of HBO. Nothing “Without consent.” Ziering and Dick used part of the audiobook Allen read aloud to represent his side in the documentary. This was after the filmmaker contacted Allen, his wife Shunyi Previn and Moses Farrow and participated in the documentary.
On Sunday night, Allen and Previn’s spokespersons stated that they “received assistance less than two months ago and received a response within a few days.” Of course, they refused to do so. Spokespersons for Allen and Previn also said: “These documentaries have no interest in the truth. Instead, they spent years secretly cooperating with Farrows and their supporters to complete the tedious work full of false facts. “
Allen’s memoir was originally published by Grand Central Press. The book is the brand of Hatchett Book Group, which is a Harvey Weinstein investigation novel by his son Ronan Farrow The same publisher Catch and kill. Farrow called out Hachette and striked 75 publisher employees to protest the publication of Allen’s autobiography. After Hachette cancelled the publication of the memoir, Skyhorse included it under the imprint of Arcade Publishing in March 2020.