EXCLUSIVE: After a long time of authorized wars between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow and numerous jurisdictions over sexual baby assault claims in opposition to the Oscar winner, HBO’s Allen v. Farrow docuseries could have opened a complete new battlefield.
Skyhorse Publishing are critically considering a copyright infringement lawsuit in opposition to the AT&T-owned premium cabler and the filmmakers behind the docuseries for unauthorized use of audio from Allen’s 2020 memoir Apropos of Nothing within the four-parter.
“Neither the producers nor HBO ever approached Skyhorse to request permission to use excerpts from the audiobook,” the publishing firm advised Deadline right now.
“Skyhorse received information second hand only at the very end of last week that each of the documentary’s four episodes makes extensive use of audiobook excerpts,” Skyhorse added.
‘Allen V. Farrow’: Writer Of Woody Allen Autobiography Calls Out HBO Docuseries’ Use Of Audiobook “Without Permission”
“Promptly on Friday, February 19, our attorney notified HBO’s in-house counsel by letter that if the use of the audiobook were anywhere near what we were hearing, it would constitute copyright infringement. HBO has not responded to our letter.”
“Having now seen the first episode, we believe that its unauthorized use of the audiobook is clear, willful infringement under existing legal precedent, and that the other episodes will infringe, too, if they appropriate the audiobook in a similar manner,” Skyhorse continued.
“We will take the legal action we deem necessary to redress our and Woody Allen’s rights in his intellectual property.”
Skyhorse wouldn’t elaborate on their future plans past this assertion to Deadline. HBO didn’t reply to requests for touch upon the letter from Skyhorse when contacted by Deadline.
Excerpts from the Allen narrated memoir seem all through all the 4 parter, together with greater than three minutes within the first episode alone. The Truthful Use Doctrine which permits copyrighted materials for use with out permission in sure information reporting, criticism and really particular different codecs, usually permits for below ten seconds of stated 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 in opposition to Allen over sexual baby assault with the latter and the way the filmmaker has had a grip on the authorized system.
Since 1992, Allen has at all times denied any impropriety together with his adopted daughter Dylan, who was 7 years previous on the time of the alleged assault.
Earlier, Deadline reported on Skyhorse’s official assertion about HBO use of Apropos of Nothing “without permission.” Ziering and Dick used parts of the audiobook, which Allen reads from, to signify his facet within the docuseries. This was after the filmmakers reached out to Allen, Quickly-Yi Previn and Moses Farrow for participations within the documentary.
Final night time a spokesperson for Allen and his spouse Quickly-Yi Previn stated that they had been “approached less than two months ago and given only a matter of days ‘to respond.’ Of course, they declined to do so.” Allen and Previn’s spokesperson additionally stated, “These documentarians had no interest in the truth. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.”
Allen’s memoir was initially set to be revealed by Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette E-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 additionally walkout of 75 of the writer’s workers in protest to Allen’s autobiography being revealed. Hachette cancelled publication of Apropos of Nothing. Skyhorse picked up the memoir and revealed it below their imprint Arcade Publishing in March 2020.