Creator Of Fox Hit 'Empire' Dodges Pa. Copyright Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (April 28, 2017, 8:52 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit accusing the creator of the Fox television series "Empire" of stealing the idea for the hit drama from actor-turned-writer Clayton Prince Tanksley.

U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky said that the overall plot lines of "Empire" and Tanksley’s own copyrighted work, "Cream," both of which deal with fights for succession at successful record labels helmed by characters with checkered pasts, were too general for Tanksley to pursue a viable claim of copyright infringement.

“General plot ideas are not...
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Case Title

TANKSLEY v. DANIELS et al


Case Number

2:16-cv-00081

Court

Pennsylvania Eastern

Nature of Suit

Property Rights: Copyright

Judge

JOEL H. SLOMSKY

Date Filed

January 8, 2016

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