Copyright Preemption of Contract Claims Involving Copyrightable Works

In Montz v. Pilgrim Films & Television, Inc. , 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 9099 (9th Cir. May 4, 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ], the Ninth Circuit upheld the rights of idea submitters to pursue breach of contract...

New York Court Rejects Paramount’s Preemption Argument in “The Godfather” Copyright Case

The Southern District of New York recently refused to dismiss a breach of contract counterclaim asserted by the Estate of Mario Puzo against Paramount Pictures. Paramount Pictures Corp. v. Puzo, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139827 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers...