'Alien Vs. Predator' Makers Defeat 2nd Circ. Copyright Appeal

Law360, New York (November 8, 2012, 5:57 PM EST) -- The producers of “Alien vs. Predator” on Thursday prevailed against copyright infringement and contract breach allegations brought by a screenwriter alleging the movie was based on his own screenplay, after the Second Circuit affirmed the writer had not demonstrated his original work had been appropriated.

The appeals court backed summary judgment for film studios Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and Davis Entertainment and the film's director, Paul W.S. Anderson, finding that screenwriter James Muller was unable to demonstrate his allegedly similar screenplay had been co-opted for...
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