Writers' $100M Copyright Suit Over 'God's Not Dead' Nixed

Law360, Los Angeles (October 14, 2016, 4:19 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has dismissed a $100 million copyright infringement suit brought by two screenwriters accusing the Christian film studio behind the 2014 hit indie film "God's Not Dead" of ripping off their script, saying the works weren't substantially similar.

U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real said on Wednesday that the lone copyright infringement claim lodged by screenwriters Kelly Kullberg and Michael Landon Jr. claiming Pure Flix Entertainment LLC lifted ideas from their copyrighted screenplay "Rise" fails since they didn't prove the works were substantially similar. The judge said although the two works shared a general premise, they told different...

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