Intellectual Property

Judge refuses to block release of new 'Lovelace' movie


A federal judge in Manhattan has refused to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the Friday release of the new movie biopic Lovelace.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa denied the TRO request Wednesday, Reuters reports. Lovelace tells the story of Linda Lovelace, who starred in the 1972 porn film Deep Throat and later became an anti-porn activist.

Arrow Productions, which owns the rights to Deep Throat, has filed a $10 million suit claiming the Lovelace movie violated its intellectual property rights.

Arrow claimed the new movie violated its trademark for the name of Linda Lovelace and used more than five minutes of footage from Deep Throat without permission.

The suit had claimed Arrow made its legal claims known to Millennium Films when information about the planned film became public, according to a story in Entertainment Weekly. “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 says.

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