Universal Settles 'Battleship' Rip-Off Claims

Law360, New York (August 17, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT) -- Universal Studios Inc. on Tuesday won California federal court approval to settle its allegations that film production company The Global Asylum Inc. violated copyright laws with its plan to release an alleged knockoff of the Universal movie “Battleship.”

The settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed, resolves copyright infringement claims related to the Asylum’s intention to sell a straight-to-DVD film called “American Battleship.” The Asylum's plan prompted the April 20 complaint alleging the company was ripping off the plot, title, packaging and ads of Universal’s...
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