“The creators of ‘Alan V. Farrow‘ used legally limited audio excerpts from Woody Allen’s memoir in the series under the Fair Use Doctrine,” the filmmakers said in a statement.
Skyhorse Publishing threatened a copyright infringement lawsuit against HBO’s Ellen v. Farrow series, with the documentary’s team firing back.
Skyhorse Publications, which published Woody Allen’s Apropos of Nothing last year, slammed the documentary on Monday, alleging that audiobook excerpts from Allen were used and played without his permission.
In a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, Skyhorse Publishing president and publisher Tony Lyon stated that “neither the producer nor HBO ever contacted Skyhorse to ask permission to use excerpts from the audiobook Could. “
Lyons said, “The SkyHores received only second-hand information last weekend, with four episodes of each documentary making extensive use of audiobook excerpts. On Friday 19 February, our attorney sent a letter to BOB’s in-house attorney Informed that if the use of the audiobook was anywhere we were listening, it would constitute copyright infringement. HBO has not responded to our letter.
Now after watching the first episode, we believe that the unauthorized use of the audiobook is a clear, willful violation under the current legal precedent and that other episodes would also be infringing if they also appropriate the audiobook in a similar way. “
Lyons also warned, “We will take the necessary legal action to redress the rights of us and Woody Allen in their intellectual property.” No further details of plans for legal action were given.
Filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick Skyhorse deny the publication’s claims. The film’s team behind the documentary said, ‘Alan V. The creators of Farrow used legally limited audio excerpts from Woody Allen’s memoir in the series under the Fair Use Doctrine. Fair Use Doctrine permits the use of licenses without copyright-protected works under certain circumstances.
For the explosive series that premiered on Sunday, Dylan Farrow sat down with Ziering and Dick to address their infamous allegations of incest against the infamous filmmaker, who was a companion to Dylan’s childhood mother Mia Farrow. Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, and family friends are also interviewed, with Mia featuring family home videos prominently in the series.
Allen has consistently denied the allegations and released a statement with wife Soon-yi Previn shortly after Sunday’s premiere, accusing the documentaries of “collaborating with Foro and his supporters”, calling the series a “lousy hit piece.” Told. In a recent story with THR, Jane Doe’s lead investigative producer Amy Herdy of Zering and Dick said that she made the first of two requests to interview Alan for the project and his team never responded.
In the audio clip played, Allen can be heard saying how he met Mia Farrow and painted a portrait of his life together. Allen described Mia as the family’s only aristocrat and her approach to joining hands with children.
After the documentary premiered, many viewers saw Alan V. HBO called Max to continue several of Allen’s films on its platform, broadcasting Farrow. Some viewers demand the removal of six films from the stage including Another Woman, Broadway Danny Rose, Radio Days, Scoop, Shadows and Fog, and September.
Despite outside pressure to remove Allen’s film from HBO Max, the dreamer maintains that the title will remain and a source says the issue of work by problematic creators remaining on streaming services or broadcast networks is a big issue. There is discussion as to how to erase or reduce work, problematic creators can negatively affect the collaborative efforts of creative partners and professionals who are also involved in those tasks.
“These titles will be available in the library so viewers can make their own informed decisions about the screening,” HBR Max said in a statement to THR.