'Anonymous' Film Didn't Copy Shakespeare Script: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 6, 2017, 3:07 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit panel agreed with a California federal court in ruling that a screenwriter’s allegation that producers of the 2011 film “Anonymous” copied his own historical Shakespeare drama was much ado about nothing.

The appeals court affirmed in its brief Monday memorandum that Kenneth Heusey’s screenplay for “Not Without Justice” bore no substantial similarity to that of Columbia Pictures Inc.’s "Anonymous," that his fraud allegations had no merit and that he could not bring copyright infringement claims against the film’s promotional trailers. The opinion cited a test established previously by the Ninth Circuit that assesses substantial similarity on the basis...

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