Voltage Beats IP Suit By Writer-Director Of Mel Gibson Film

By Lauren Berg (March 12, 2019, 10:58 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday granted Voltage Pictures' bid to toss a copyright suit brought by a writer-director who worked on an upcoming film starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn, after Voltage argued that writing he'd done on the screenplay was "work made for hire."

U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall granted Voltage's motion for summary judgment after it argued that director Farhad Safinia has never claimed to own the rights to the original script of "The Professor and The Madman," which he was hired to rewrite in 2007.

Safinia registered the rewritten version for copyright protection with the U.S....

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