La Dolce Vita copyright owners sue gay porn

1895-1999
User avatar
Precious Doll
Tenured
Posts: 3096
Joined: Mon Jan 13, 2003 2:20 am
Location: Sydney
Contact:

Postby Precious Doll » Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:17 am

Best title of an X rated feature based on a the title name of a mainstream film must be 'Driving Miss Daisy Crazy'.
"I have no interest in all of that. I find that all tabloid stupidity" Woody Allen, The Guardian, 2014, in response to his adopted daughter's allegations.

Akash
Professor
Posts: 2037
Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:34 am

Postby Akash » Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:57 am

Eric wrote:C'mon. What other gay porn stars are "performing" live sex shows for Israeli troops these days?

Israeli porn is hot.

User avatar
Damien
Laureate
Posts: 6331
Joined: Wed Jan 01, 2003 8:43 pm
Location: New York, New York
Contact:

Postby Damien » Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:43 am

flipp525 wrote:Did a Bareback Mountain ever come out?

There was a "Bareback Mounting."
"Y'know, that's one of the things I like about Mitt Romney. He's been consistent since he changed his mind." -- Christine O'Donnell

User avatar
flipp525
Laureate
Posts: 5770
Joined: Thu Jan 09, 2003 7:44 am

Postby flipp525 » Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:36 am

Penelope wrote:Besides, whatever happened to the grand tradition of slightly altering titles for porn purposes, like From Hair to Eternity or Bitanic...?

Did a Bareback Mountain ever come out?
"The mantle of spinsterhood was definitely in her shoulders. She was twenty five and looked it."

-Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

User avatar
kaytodd
Assistant
Posts: 846
Joined: Wed Feb 12, 2003 10:16 pm
Location: New Orleans

Postby kaytodd » Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:29 pm

I am inclined to side with the porn guys on this one. If the film title on the box is "Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita" I do not see how anyone can confuse it with Fellini's film. And can you really copyright a generic expression like "The Sweet Life" in any language?
The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living. Oliver Wendell Holmes

User avatar
Eric
Tenured
Posts: 2722
Joined: Wed Jan 01, 2003 11:18 pm
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Contact:

Postby Eric » Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:50 am

C'mon. What other gay porn stars are "performing" live sex shows for Israeli troops these days?

User avatar
Penelope
Site Admin
Posts: 5663
Joined: Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:47 am
Location: Tampa, FL, USA

Postby Penelope » Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:19 am

Personally, I hope they take Michael Lucas to the cleaners; he's an arrogant prick and his porn flicks are unbelievably dull. Besides, whatever happened to the grand tradition of slightly altering titles for porn purposes, like From Hair to Eternity or Bitanic...?


NYC film company claims gay porn infringes on film classic 'La Dolce Vita'

The Associated Press
Thursday, February 15, 2007
NEW YORK
The good name and dignity of the classic 1960s film "La Dolce Vita," directed by Federico Fellini, is being sullied by two gay pornographic movies using the same name, a lawsuit claims.

International Media Films Inc. accused Manhattan filmmaker Andrei Treivas Bregman of trademark and copyright infringement for the porn films he made under his business name, Michael Lucas. The lawsuit filed Thursdsay seeks to stop sales of the porn movies, "Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita" Parts 1 and 2, and to collect unspecified damages.

Bregman, who moved to the United States from Moscow in 1997, called the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan a joke.

"This lawsuit is completely out of line," he said. "I think they're making fools of themselves. I don't think Fellini would like that."

The Manhattan-based International Media Films said it believed the pornographic films, released last month, will continue to "infringe, tarnish and dilute" its trademark rights to the highly decorated "La Dolce Vita," which won the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1961, and features the classic scene of Anita Ekberg frolicking in Rome's Trevi fountain .

International Media Films said it bought "La Dolce Vita" for its library of classic titles in 2001, treasuring a movie that introduced the term "paparazzi." The film follows the life of a tabloid journalist who covers the glitzy show business life of Rome while yearning to write about more serious subjects.

It said Bregman's use of the title of its movie was likely to cause confusion among consumers. Bregman contested the claim.

"Nobody can be confused and think they're buying Fellini's movie by buying mine," he said, noting the name Michael Lucas was part of his title and that the movie can be bought online and at stores that sell pornography.

"It's a sex flick," he said. "This movie's taking place in New York today and has absolutely nothing to do with Fellini's, produced in 1960 in Rome," he said.

Bregman dismissed the lawsuit's claims that he tried to copy scenes from the classic movie in his own, saying he hired for his films people who are "known for their ability to have sex in front of the camera."

"I'm not hiring them for their ability to act," he said, "that's for sure."
"...it is the weak who are cruel, and...gentleness is only to be expected from the strong." - Leo Reston

"Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable." - Jodie Foster


Return to “The First Century”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest