"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 Anonymous||reply 41||08/13/2013|
I thought you couldn't copyright titles.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/02/2013|
Is Gerard Butler a party to the suit as well?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/02/2013|
What a cunty move. As if someone will watch that old movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/02/2013|
Black Stares at the White House.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/02/2013|
You can't copyright titles. This makes no sense.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 7||07/02/2013|
The movie will now be given a more accurate title, "Oprah Wants a Competitive Oscar Now, Dammit!"
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/02/2013|
It will now be called 'Da Butler'.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/02/2013|
I thought that you couldn't copyright titles?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/02/2013|
r4 please explain I don't get it.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 15||07/02/2013|
Does WB need the money so badly that they'd create this hassle? What's the payoff?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/02/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 17||07/02/2013|
[quote]I don't think you can copyright a title as general as "The Butler,"
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/02/2013|
They can call it "The Butler, Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/02/2013|
Just call it "Oh, Waiter!" Someone's name might be Butler.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/02/2013|
Just call it "Butler" & drop the "The"
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/02/2013|
They should call it WHITE HOUSE BLACK
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/02/2013|
maybe they'll call it the Women of Brewster Place 3
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/02/2013|
They need to do something now so Oprah can win her Oscar!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/02/2013|
"Oprah, peel me a grape."
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/02/2013|
I like "He's the Butler!"
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/03/2013|
They should buy the rights to this theme song.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 29||07/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 30||07/03/2013|
Lee Daniels wrote an open letter to Warner Bros and had all the black co-stars of "The Butler", including Oprah, sign it!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/03/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 33||07/20/2013|
This is payback to Harvey for that fucking awful movie The Artist.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/20/2013|
Or The Help - White House Edition.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/20/2013|
Went to the movies last weekend and they showed a trailer,,,,still being called "The Butler".
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/20/2013|
The film is now called "Lee Daniels' Th Butler"
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/24/2013|
I was going to blame Lee Daniel's unjustified ego for the title. He's no Orson Welles.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||08/13/2013|