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Woody Allen Goes to Court

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 21, May 18, 2009.

  1. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    In an interesting 'Freedom of Expression' case, Woody goes to court today as a witness in his $10 million lawsuit against American Apparel, whom he is suing for the unauthorized use of his likeness in an ad campaign, featuring him as the Hasidic Jew in 'Annie Hall.'

    The defense is claiming a first amendment right to freedom of expression.
    Woody is claiming copyright infringement, and says the ad has damaged his reputation.
    The defense says he has none to damaged, and will call Mia and Soon-Yi to prove it.


  2. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    According to TMZ, they just settled the case. Woody gets $5 million.
  3. Great scene from Annie Hall, BTW.
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Wasn't that guy at your thanksgiving dinner, 21?
  5. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    If Tom Waits can get money from Fritos for using a voice impression of him, you'd think it wouldn't take much to argue that stealing your image for commercial use is also not allowed.
  6. 21

    21 Well-Known Member


    So basically, American Apparel paid $5 million for massive publicity, using the first amendment as a ridiculous excuse to justify blatant copyright infringement.

    Actually, the insurance company--who insisted on the settlement--is paying 85% percent of the settlement, so AA is getting the publicity for almost free.

    Sometimes I think the First Amendment needs its own litigators so it can sue every time someone takes its name in vain.
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    At this point in time, I think Woody could use the pub more.
  8. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    I don't know about that. His last movie, Vicky Christina Barcelona, was pretty good and the next one, Whatever Works, starring Larry David looks like it's going to be another critically acclaimed film.
  9. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Woody Allen movies aren't for everyone, but the are for someone like me.
  10. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    By the way, Soon-Yi, the child bride?

    She's now 38.
  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Pretty much anything by Woody Allen will be critically acclaimed by default.
  12. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Re the 38 year old child bride....Woody is 73.
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