Contract Claims Over Fox's 'Chipmunks' Film Get Canned

By Michael Lipkin (February 13, 2014, 8:32 PM EST) -- Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. ducked parts of a contract-breach and copyright-infringement suit levied by owners of the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" enterprise over a film adaptation, after a California judicial referee found Tuesday that Fox's payments were advances.

The judicial referee overseeing the case ruled that Fox's $3 million payment to Bagdasarian Productions LLC for the right to use the famous singing chipmunks in the film "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" was an advance against any other payments it might make to Bagdasarian for future gross proceeds. Bagdasarian had claimed this payment should be made in addition to any...

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