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NEW YORK Aug 26 The owners of the rights to the
famed pornographic film "Deep Throat" have lost a lawsuit
accusing the producers of the 2013 biopicture "Lovelace" of
U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan, in a ruling
made public Tuesday, dismissed Arrow Productions Ltd's $10
million lawsuit against the producers of the film, starring
Amanda Seyfried, and its distributor, The Weinstein Company.
The ruling came more than a year after the judge previously
declined to block the release of "Lovelace," an R-rated
biographical film detailing the life of "Deep Throat" star Linda
While Arrow Productions complained that "Lovelace" copied
three key scenes from the 1972 film, Griesa concluded that the
recreation constituted fair use under federal copyright law.
"Here, the court finds that defendants' use, or recreation,
of the three scenes from Deep Throat constitutes transformative
use, adding a new, critical perspective on the life of Linda
Lovelace and the production of Deep Throat," Griesa wrote.
The judge also dismissed other claims by Arrow, including
trademark infringement and trademark dilution. The company held
trademarks for "Deep Throat" and "Linda Lovelace."
Evan Mandel, a lawyer for Arrow Productions, said it was
"reviewing the decision and considering an appeal."
Along with The Weinstein Company, the defendants included
production companies Millennium Films Inc and United
Entertainment Inc. Representatives for the defendants did not
respond to requests for comment.
"Lovelace" tells the tale of the formative years of porn
star Linda Lovelace (born Linda Boreman), played by Seyfried,
her abusive marriage to Chuck Traynor, played by Peter
Sarsgaard, and her work on "Deep Throat."
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January
2013 and opened in limited release in the United States that
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler)