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Paramount Pictures sued over ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ copyright claim

The widow and son of the man who wrote the 1983 article that inspired the original “Top Gun” sued Paramount Pictures for his sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.”

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in California on Monday, Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay claim that the rights to Ehud Yonay’s story were restored to them on January 24, 2020.

The lawsuit alleges that Paramount, which produced and distributed the sequel, did not regain those rights before the film’s release in May.

A Paramount Pictures spokesman said in a statement that the allegations were “baseless and we will defend ourselves vigorously”.

The lawsuit alleges that Paramount was informed in 2018 that the Yonays intended to regain copyright under a provision that allows artists to do so after 35 years.

According to the lawsuit, Yonay sent a letter of cessation and resignation in early May in which Paramount replied that the film had been sufficiently completed by January 24, 2020 and was not a derivative of Yonay’s article. The Yonays argue that the film is a sequel to the 1983 article and that “Top Gun: Maverick” was not completed until May 2021, more than a year after the rights expired.

Yonay’s original article about the Navy Fighter Weapons School training program and two pilots in the class, the hotshot “Yogi” and his friend “Possum”, was published in the May 1983 issue of California magazine. Shortly afterwards, Paramount Pictures acquired the exclusive rights to the film. “Top Gun” was released in 1986 and became the No. 1 film of the year.

The sequel has been in progress for years and was originally scheduled to be released in July 2019, but was delayed several times – first for normal reasons and then due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Top Gun: Maverick” finally opened in theaters on May 27, spent two weeks at the top of the box office and has already grossed over $ 557 million worldwide.

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