Perry Win Upheld In 'Mad Black Woman' Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (August 24, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed a jury finding that actor-screenwriter Tyler Perry did not rip off a play written in the early 1990s for his blockbuster film “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday agreed with a lower court that playwright Donna West should not receive a new trial and that her unfair competition and conversion claims should not be reinstated because they were preempted by the Copyright Act.

The appeals court also upheld that...
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