9th Circuit Rejects Copyright Preemption of California Breach of Implied Contract/Breach of Confidence Claims; Reaffirms State Law Protections for Writers Submitting Material to Producers

Recently, the Ninth Circuit upheld breach of implied contract (a/k/a a Desny claim) and breach of confidence claims that were filed by plaintiffs, who had unsuccessfully pitched a ghost tracking series to defendant NBC. NBC, despite passing on plaintiffs' idea, produced a series entitled, Ghost...