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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...

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...