G.I. JOE Writers Sue Paramount & MGM for Copyright Infringement

…which seems odd because TV and film writers don’t own the copyright to their work. Looks to us like their lawyers are trying to collect more than the statutory plagiarism damages via this route. Wonder if it’ll fly…

GIJOEby Lucas Shaw

“G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra” script co-writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett have sued Paramount, Hasbro, MGM and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, seeking $23 million for copyright infringement. In the suit, filed in California federal court May 3, the writers allege that the studios and producers stole many of their ideas for the sequel to “Cobra,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

That film, which opened March 28, has grossed $355 million at the worldwide box office. The defendants have engaged Elliot and Lovett to contribute to the sequel, assuring they would get the job if their work was satisfactory. The studios and producers did not hire Elliott or Lovett, but in a 113-page suit, the writers detail all of the ways in which they feel their work was used without any credit.

“Even the most cursory review of the Joe Retaliation Movie and the Plaintiffs’ Work reveals that they are substantially similar in every material way,” the suit claims.

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Yours in solidarity, brothas!