Friday, February 16, 2007

Porn Star Keeps It Real.

Michael Lucas is being sued by the people who own the rights to the title "La Dolce Vita." The plaintiffs think that Michael's gay porno, of the same name, is "diluting" the good name.

We're not experts on copyright law (Fishwatch?), but this just seems like the kind of publicity building tool that Lucas had in mind when he made the movie in the first place. And you thought people with nine inch penises couldn't be clever.

Our favorite part of this International Herald Tribune story is this:

[Lucas] 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."

Eh, on second thought, our favorite part of this International Herald Tribune story is that it's IN the International Herald Tribune. WTF?

3 comments:

Charlie said...

michael's a clever guy... he studied law in russia before moving to paris to be a hustler and then to new york. he brought his family over from russia as well.

all this i learned at the calhoun master's tea he gave a few years ago.... ;-)

fishwatch said...

Don't ask us questions like this, we know nothing practical and likely never will.

anderson's classmate said...

I'm certainly no expert on copyright, but can one claim ownership over phrases like "C'est la vie", "Life Goes On", or "美好人生"? Seems like "La Dolce Vita" would fall into the same linguistic family aka platitudes way past their shelf-life.