Jeff stated: “[S]he owns Othello, so the footage from the film incorporated into Filming Othello is presumably legally hers and so she does have the right to halt showings.”
That isn’t correct. “Filming Othello” is a derivative work of Othello, so whoever owns the rights to Filming Othello would have to file a separate copyright application to protect that film from any infringing activity. I’ve looked into this, and interestingly to me is that I can’t find any copyright registration for Filming Othello – not in the USA anyway. Orson re-registered a copyright for the original Othello back in 1980, and Beatrice registered a copyright for the 1992 remake of Othello, but I can’t find anything for Filming Othello. You need to register a copyright in order to bring a copyright infringement action, so I question whether she’s sued anyone for infringing on Filming Othello. She has been involved in litigation, no doubt about that, but I’m not sure if any of it has involved Filming Othello. In any event, should we really be criticizing her on this web board? I didn’t think we were supposed to criticize people who aren’t here to defend themselves.