Fox's 'Past Life' Idea Wasn't Stolen From Screenplay: Judge

Law360, New York (September 28, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed a screenwriter's copyright suit alleging Fox Entertainment Group Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and the team behind the short-lived TV series “Past Life” of stealing the idea for a paranormal crime drama from his screenplay, saying the two works weren't similar.

U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones said the mood, setting, characters and themes in screenwriter Stevan Mena's “Transience” script, which includes graphic depictions of violence and dark, brooding characters, were substantially different than the Fox television show,...
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