Choose blocks competition from displaying Aretha Franklin live performance film

- Singer Aretha Franklin on Friday won a court order blocking the Telluride Film Festival from screening "Amazing Grace," a film based predominantly on footage from her 1972 concert at a Los Angeles church.

(Reuters) — Singer Aretha Franklin on Friday gained a courtroom order blocking the Telluride Movie Pageant from screening “Superb Grace,” a movie primarily based predominantly on footage from her 1972 live performance at a Los Angeles church.

The 2-week short-term restraining order entered by U.S. District Choose John Kane doesn’t resolve a dispute over the live performance footage.

The competition in a press release on Friday acknowledged that the injunction blocked the screening of “Superb Grace” and stated it will present a special movie however made no additional remark.

Producer Alan Elliott obtained rights to the footage from Warner Brothers Studios that required separate permission from Franklin, which has not been granted, in keeping with courtroom papers.

“The unauthorized public launch of the movie ‘Superb Grace’ will violate Ms. Franklin’s rights to publicity, proper to using her identify and likeness, constitutes an invasion of privateness

below Colorado legislation, and likewise violates the federal anti-bootlegging statute,” her attorneys stated in courtroom papers.

Franklin sued Elliott in 2011 to stop unauthorized use of the footage and he agreed then to not launch the movie, Franklin’s lawsuit stated.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Enhancing by Invoice Trott)

Aline Niyonkuru


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