Skyhorse Publishing is threatening to sue HBO for copyright infringement. The company claims that HBO’s new Allen v. Farrow docuseries’ uses audio clips of an audiobook they own the rights to, and HBO never obtained permission to use.
In a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, Tony Lyons, President, and Publisher of Skyhorse Publishing said, “neither the producers nor HBO ever approached Skyhorse to request permission to use excerpts from the audiobook. “Lyons also warned, “We will take the legal action we deem necessary to redress our and Woody Allen’s rights in his intellectual property.”
The series creators Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick deny the claims saying in a statement that they “legally used limited audio excerpts from Woody Allen’s memoir in the series under the Fair Use doctrine.” The Fair Use Doctrine permits the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances.
– Excerpt from an article for The Hollywood Reporter by Lexy Perez. Read the full article here. _________________________________________________________________
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