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'Deep Throat' firm out to block Lovelace biopic

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 August, 2013, 3:54am

The production company that owns the rights to the pornographic movie Deep Throat has filed a lawsuit to block distribution of the movie Lovelace, a biography of the adult film star.

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

Lovelace chronicles the formative years of porn star Linda Lovelace (born Linda Boreman), her abusive marriage to Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), and how she came to be in Deep Throat. The lawsuit contends the production company used more than five minutes of footage from Deep Throat without a licence or permission. The title Lovelace gets its market appeal entirely from the cultural cachet of the trademarked name Linda Lovelace, Arrow Productions said.

Representatives for the defendants, who include Millennium Films and United Entertainment, did not comment.

Lovelace premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is set for release.

Arrow said it approached production company Millennium Films as early as December 2010.

In a December 2011 letter attached to the lawsuit, a lawyer for Millennium wrote to Arrow's lawyer, saying it was his client's view that Lovelace did not violate Arrow's copyrights.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the distribution and marketing of Lovelace.

Linda Lovelace, who later became an anti-pornography activist, died in 2002 at 53 from injuries she received in a car crash.

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