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New York Court Rejects Paramount’s Preemption Argument in “The Godfather” Copyright Case
Posted on 5 Oct 2012 by Travis Burchart

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... Read More

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
Posted on 13 Jun 2011 by Travis Burchart

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'... Read More

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
Posted on 13 Jun 2011 by Travis Burchart

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'... Read More