Emma Thompson Prevails In 'Effie' Copyright Row

Law360, New York (December 18, 2012, 6:17 PM EST) -- Oscar-winning actress and writer Emma Thompson’s upcoming film “Effie” differs substantially from two screenplays written by a playwright who said the film infringed her copyrights, a New York federal judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken granted a request for declaratory judgment from Effie Film LLC, a company to which Thompson assigned the rights to the Victorian drama “Effie,” ruling that the film and its screenplay do not infringe copyrights covering playwright Eve Pomerance's screenplays “The King of the Golden River” and “The Secret...
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