Paramount Trying to Ban “Godfather” Sequels with Copyright

by Stephan Kinsella on February 21, 2012

From Inside Counsel. As Jeff Tucker said to me, “What a great illustration of the myth that copyright is about protecting the rights of creators.”

Paramount Pictures sues “The Godfather” author’s estate

Film company claims estate is infringing its copyright

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February 21, 2012

Paramount Pictures Corp. has filed suit against the estate of Mario Puzo, author of the popular 1960s novel “The Godfather.”

With its suit, the film company hopes to block the publication of new sequel novels to “The Godfather.” Paramount claims it purchased the copyright to the original novel in 1969 and in its Feb. 17 complaint said it is trying to “protect the integrity and reputation of The Godfather trilogy.”

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