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"The Butler" must find a NEW NAME after Warner Brothers sues The Weinstein Company

WB says it has the rights to the name "The Butler" because of a 1916 silent film of the same name that is part of the Warner library.

A judge agreed with them and has ordered TWC to remove "The Butler" from ALL promotional material for the film, due to open next month!

by Anonymousreply 4108/13/2013

I thought you couldn't copyright titles.

by Anonymousreply 107/02/2013

Is Gerard Butler a party to the suit as well?

by Anonymousreply 207/02/2013

What a cunty move. As if someone will watch that old movie.

by Anonymousreply 307/02/2013

Black Stares at the White House.

by Anonymousreply 407/02/2013

You can't copyright titles. This makes no sense.

by Anonymousreply 507/02/2013

Poor Harvey Weinstein. .

by Anonymousreply 607/02/2013

Wow. That's going to cost them some money.

Why did the lawsuit get decided just now. Did someone wait until it was this late on purpose?

by Anonymousreply 707/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 807/02/2013

The movie will now be given a more accurate title, "Oprah Wants a Competitive Oscar Now, Dammit!"

by Anonymousreply 907/02/2013

It will now be called 'Da Butler'.

by Anonymousreply 1007/02/2013

I thought that you couldn't copyright titles?

by Anonymousreply 1107/02/2013

R4 wins The Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 1207/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 1307/02/2013

r4 please explain I don't get it.

by Anonymousreply 1407/02/2013

According to the link, it was an arbitration, not a court ruling. I don't think you can copyright a title as general as "The Butler," or even make a valid common law claim that there is a "likelihood of confusion" with the original. WB is probably just looking to force some sort of payout from Weinstein, who will not want to deal with any potential delay in release of the film.

by Anonymousreply 1507/02/2013

Does WB need the money so badly that they'd create this hassle? What's the payoff?

by Anonymousreply 1607/02/2013

I have no idea, R16. It could be they are looking for a trade in rights to some other property that Weinstein owns.

I was trying to think of an instance where a studio purchased rights to a work just to gain the right to use the title. The only one I could come up with was "I, Robot." The Asimov work was a collection of short stories, and none of them, IIRC, had any similarity to the movie with Will Smith.

by Anonymousreply 1707/02/2013

[quote]I don't think you can copyright a title as general as "The Butler,"

Let's Roll!

by Anonymousreply 1807/02/2013

They can call it "The Butler, Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

by Anonymousreply 1907/02/2013

Just call it "Oh, Waiter!" Someone's name might be Butler.

by Anonymousreply 2007/02/2013

Just call it "Butler" & drop the "The"

by Anonymousreply 2107/02/2013

They should call it WHITE HOUSE BLACK

by Anonymousreply 2207/02/2013

maybe they'll call it the Women of Brewster Place 3

by Anonymousreply 2307/02/2013

They need to do something now so Oprah can win her Oscar!

by Anonymousreply 2407/02/2013

"Oprah, peel me a grape."

by Anonymousreply 2507/03/2013

Here R14.

by Anonymousreply 2607/03/2013

I like "He's the Butler!"

by Anonymousreply 2707/03/2013

They should buy the rights to this theme song.

by Anonymousreply 2807/03/2013

This is all about playing ball in Hollywood. Someone must have been settling a score against Weinstein, or someone in the group, to pursue such a petty issue. Sometimes when you dish out cunt you get cunt back.

by Anonymousreply 2907/03/2013

R29 is right. They're getting back at harvey for something. Love that this all went down 6 weeks right before the movie's release.

To those wondering this isn't a court ruling. This is an industry thing through the mpaa.

by Anonymousreply 3007/03/2013

White House Downer?

by Anonymousreply 3107/03/2013

Lee Daniels wrote an open letter to Warner Bros and had all the black co-stars of "The Butler", including Oprah, sign it!

Brilliant move!

by Anonymousreply 3207/03/2013

You'd think that the supposedly creative people behind this project could've come up with a better title anyway like The White House Help.

by Anonymousreply 3307/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 3407/20/2013

This is payback to Harvey for that fucking awful movie The Artist.

by Anonymousreply 3507/20/2013

Or The Help - White House Edition.

by Anonymousreply 3607/20/2013

Went to the movies last weekend and they showed a trailer,,,,still being called "The Butler".

by Anonymousreply 3707/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 3807/24/2013

"Gayle With The Wind"

by Anonymousreply 3907/24/2013

The film is now called "Lee Daniels' Th Butler"

by Anonymousreply 4007/24/2013

I was going to blame Lee Daniel's unjustified ego for the title. He's no Orson Welles.

by Anonymousreply 4108/13/2013
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