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Grosso v. Miramax: Is the Hollywood pitch over? The 9th Circuit weighs in ...

J. Craig Williams updates us on the latest 9th Circuit Court ruling on the Hollywood backstabbing backstory to "Rounders." Williams writes:

"On appeal, the Ninth Circuit originally split the baby, holding for the studio on the copyright violation, but holding for Grosso on his state law claim of breach of implied contract.

The 9th Circuit agreed with the trial court's ruling that 'The Shell Game' was different enough from 'Rounders' so that Miramax did not violate Grosso's copyright on his screenplay. But that's as far as the court was willing to go. They apparently saw enough similarities between the two to allow Grosso to establish his claim against Miramax for breach of contract.

The studios were worried. Miramax filed a Motion for Reconsideration, but just two days ago, the 9th Circuit denied the motion and sent the case back to the trial court for further proceedings. One thing is for sure: This case is far from over..."

More here.

Posted by Product Team on March 18, 2005 at 10:40 AM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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