Paramount Pictures is Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Maverick

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Maverick, the sequel to the highly acclaimed movie “Top Gun”, hit theaters at the end of last month and has been soaring ever since.

The studio behind the film however is now facing a lawsuit. Paramount Pictures has been sued over Top Gun copyright infringement.

The family of the author whose article inspired the 1986 movie “Top Gun,” which starred Tom Cruise, is suing the company for copyright infringement.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including some profits from the Cruise sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” and to block the studio from distributing the movie or further sequels.

“Maverick” has generated more than $546 million globally since its release late last month, according to data from Comscore.

Shosh and Yuval Yonay, heirs to Ehud Yonay, claim that they sent notice to Paramount in January 2018 that they would reclaim the copyright in January 2020, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court.

“Maverick” started shooting in May 2018.

The Yonays also allege that “Maverick” did not finish the production in 2019, prior to the transfer of the copyright, but rather in May 2021.

“Maverick” was initially slated for release in 2019 but was delayed until the following year.

The movie had been postponed multiple times due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is unclear when Paramount officially finished the film, but that timeline will likely be important as the copyright lawsuit plays out.

The Yonays are being represented by intellectual property attorney Marc Toberoff, who specializes in copyright and entertainment litigation.

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