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Bradley Richlin, et al. v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Won summary judgment for MGM Pictures in Bradley Richlin, et al v. MGM Pictures Inc., dismissing the plaintiffs' claims seeking a declaration that they owned an interest in the renewal term copyright in the motion picture The Pink Panther, and successfully defended judgment in appeal to the 9th Circuit.

Awarded summary judgment on behalf of MGM in a case that involved claims made by alleged statutory successors to Maurice Richlin, co-writer of the screenplay for the original motion picture, "The Pink Panther". Plaintiffs claimed they owned a 50% interest in the renewal term copyright to a "treatment" on which the screenplay for the film was allegedly based. The Court determined that a treatment of the firm was not separately copyrighted apart form the film, and the screenwriter was not a joint author of the work.