Lions Gate Hits 'Twilight' Spoof With Copyright Claims

Law360, New York (January 29, 2014, 4:32 PM EST) -- Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. filed trademark and copyright infringement counterclaims Monday in California federal court over a “Twilight” parody film, firing back in an antitrust lawsuit filed by the film's producers over Lions Gate's IP enforcement practices.

The counter-complaint against Between the Lines Productions LLC — which produced a spoof of the hugely successful teen fantasy franchise called “Twiharder” — comes after the company accused Lions Gate in May of trying to “monopolize the conversation” about “Twilight” through “oppressive” enforcement using “sham” cease-and-desist notices.

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