Tom Cruise, Paramount Hit With $1B IP Suit Over Screenplay

Law360, New York (February 6, 2014, 9:26 PM EST) -- Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise and several production companies have been hit with a $1 billion copyright infringement suit in California federal court alleging they stole the idea for the fourth installment in the "Mission: Impossible" series from a Washington state screenwriter’s rejected script.

Timothy Patrick McLanahan alleged in his January suit that Cruise's "Ghost Protocol" was based on a screenplay he wrote and copyrighted 13 years earlier titled "Head On," which he claimed a famous talent agency turned down but later "shopped ... around the world."...
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