In the lawsuit, Behind the Lines Productions says it made a feature-length film entitled Twiharder that “portrayed hyper-exaggerated caricatures from The Twilight Sagamovies and lampooned expressive elements embodied in [the official movies] through imitative reference.”
According to the spoof producers,Lionsgate Entertainment and subsidiary Summit Entertainment heard about Twiharder, which allegedly had attracted the attention of distributors, and sent a “sham ‘cease-and-desist’” notice that effectively ended the movie’s chances of making it to the big screen.
Within days of disclosing the cease-and-desist, says Behind the Lines in its suit, distributors and insurers “unceremoniously revoked their offers to deal” with the company.
The Twiharder camp contends that Lionsgate and Summit have become a “dominant market force in the movie industry during the last five years,” and are essentially guilty of monopoly and “predatory conduct” in protecting their franchise.
The plaintiffs want $500 million.
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