Actor Beatty Wins Dick Tracy IP Fight With Tribune

Law360, New York (March 25, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT) -- “Dick Tracy” star and director Warren Beatty prevailed Thursday in a contract dispute in California against Tribune Media Services Inc. over who owns intellectual property rights to the iconic, yellow-clad police detective.

Judge Dean D. Pregerson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted summary judgment in Beatty's favor, saying Tribune could not reclaim the rights to the character because Beatty met his obligations under a 1985 agreement.

Tribune granted the rights to Beatty in the run-up to the 1990 hit film...
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Case Information

Case Title

Warren Beatty v. Tribune Media Services, Inc. et al

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit

Contract: Other


Dean D. Pregerson

Date Filed

November 20, 2008

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