‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Copyright Lawsuit Should Be Grounded, Paramount Says

“It’s not the plane, it’s the pilot,” he says tom cruise– Starring Blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, And Paramount thinks so about a copyright lawsuit they’ve been slapped with for a fighter jet movie.

Paramount said in a motion, “When the Court reviews the article and compares the irrelevant and misleading alleged actions of Maverick, plaintiffs, it is clear as a matter of law that Maverick borrows none of the protected expression of the article.” doesn’t take.” filed Friday in federal court in California to dismiss the reply.

“The plaintiff does not have a monopoly about the work” top Gun,

is in the midst of controversy of great quality Picture and son of an Israeli-based widow and author of a 1983 article that inspired the original 1986 film.

In a copyright lawsuit filed earlier this summer in California federal court, Shosh Yone and Yuval Yone are seeking unspecified but apparently large sums of damages from the studio. He requested an injunction to stop screening and distribution of the sequel, released on May 27, as well as more films in the franchise.

calling Top Gun: Maverick “Derivative,” Mark Toberoff—and Alex Kozinski—rep Yonez alleged that Paramount is “patting its nose at the law” that allows the termination of rights after 35 years (Read the court complaint here,

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

Seeking unspecified damages, the family originally claimed “derivatives” Rogue The sequel runs in contrast to Termination Rights, who claim they own the property.

“On the contrary, any similarity between these vastly different functions stems from the fact that top Gun an actual naval training facility,” said an Aug. 26 filing by Daniel Petroselli and Molly N. Lens of O’Melvaney & Myers, the law firm representing the studio.

“These claims are completely without merit, and we will continue to vigorously defend this lawsuit,” a Paramount spokesperson said. time limit Today’s language is reminiscent of his initial response to the lawsuit.

In another rematch between Petroselli and accomplice Alex Kozinski with plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Tovaroff, Paramount has asked the court to hold a hearing on Sept. 26.

Sure, there are some high-flying bets at play here. The long-awaited Cruise sequel to the iconic Reagan-era film has raked in nearly $1.4 billion worldwide since its release in theaters in late May.

Petroselli and Tovaroff have fought over several violations over the years.

In the May 1983 edition california The magazine, Ehud Yone, wrote “Top Guns” about the pilots and the program, “located in a second-floor cubby of offices at the eastern end of Hangar Forest in Miramar.” The piece was picked up ASAP and Yone was quoted in the earlier credits top Gun,

The rights to the article were returned to Yonays in January 2020.

Read the full filing here: mtd