Emma Thompson Didn't Steal Scriptwriter's Ideas, Judge Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (March 20, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT) -- A screenplay entitled "Effie," based on the infamous marriage of Effie Gray and Victorian-era art critic John Ruskin, doesn’t infringe copyrights for a screenplay called "The Countess," which is based on the same historical events, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Wednesday’s order marks an end to allegations that Academy-award winning screenwriter and actress Emma Thompson, who had access to a version of "The Countess," used the copyrighted play to create her own version.

U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa found that Thompson’s Effie Film...
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