‘Top Gun Maverick’ copyright lawsuit should have merit: Paramount – Deadline

‘It’s not the plane, it’s the pilot,’ they say in the blockbuster starring Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick and that’s kind of how Paramount feels about a copyright lawsuit they were slapped on for the fighter jet movie.

“When the Court examines the article and Maverick, as opposed to the allegedly irrelevant and misleading comparison of plaintiffs’ works, it is clear in law that Maverick does not borrow any of the protected expressions from the article,” Paramount said in a statement. query. to dismiss the response filed Friday in federal court in California.

“Plaintiffs do not have a monopoly on work relating to Superior gun.”

The dispute pits Paramount Pictures against the Israel-based widow and son of the author of a 1983 article that inspired the original 1986 film.

In a copyright lawsuit filed earlier this summer in federal court in California, Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay want unspecified but clearly substantial damages from the studio. They also sought an injunction to halt screenings and distribution of the May 27 sequel, as well as other films in the franchise.

Call Top Gun: Maverick “derivative”, the Yonays represented by Marc Toberoff and Alex Kozinski alleged that Paramount “is thumbing its nose at the law” which allows termination of rights after 35 years (read the court complaint here).

The studio’s response on Friday claimed that the film did not borrow from the article.

Claiming unspecified damages, the family initially claimed that the “derivative” maverick suite violates any termination rights they claim to have over the property.

“On the contrary, any similarity between these very different works stems from the fact that Superior gun is a veritable naval training center,” said the August 26 filing by Daniel Petrocelli and Molly N. Lens of the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, representing the studio.

“These claims are completely without merit, and we will continue to vigorously defend this lawsuit,” a Paramount spokesperson told Deadline today in language reminiscent of their initial response to the trial.

In another rematch between Petrocelli and plaintiff’s attorney Marc Toveroff, along with his associate Alex Kozinski, Paramount requested a court hearing on September 26.

Admittedly, there are high-flying stakes at stake here. Cruise’s long-awaited sequel to the iconic Reagan-era film has grossed a total of nearly $1.4 billion worldwide since its theatrical release in late May.

Petrocelli and Toveroff have fought numerous infringement cases over the years.

In the May 1983 edition of California magazine, Ehud Yonay wrote “Top Guns”, about the pilots and the program “located in a second floor office cube at the east end of Hangar One in Miramar”. The piece was optioned as soon as possible and Yonay was quoted in the credits of the first Superior gun.

The rights to the article reverted to the Yonays in January 2020.

Read the full file here: MTD

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