Gravity lawsuit update

On Thursday, my attorney Glen Kulik filed our amended complaint. A day later, the news appeared in the Hollywood Reporter, which helpfully posted the entire 25-page complaint on their site. If you’re a lawyer or a budding lawyer, you may find the document interesting. It explains in detail the reason why I am suing, why I am unable to file for copyright infringement, and why a breach of contract complaint is the only option open to writers in my situation.

To read more, visit The Hollywood Reporter site.

3 replies
  1. Heisenberg
    Heisenberg says:

    i just read the complaint and the contract. I think you are still actually able to file for copyright infringement. The consolidation didn’t make those companies become one. It may be right that WB became the controller but there are still two separate legal entities here and that means, WB is a third party who’s got no assignment from New Line. And according to the contract, you still have the right to sue for infringement anyways.

  2. Tess
    Tess says:

    We were informed by Warner Bros. attorney that I can’t sue for copyright infringement because, as the attorney said, “we own the copyright” (through WB’s control of New Line.) The only entity with legal standing to sue for infringement is New Line Productions, which owns film rights. That would mean NL would have to sue their own parent company, which of course they’ll never do.

    I am left with only one possible remedy: suing for breach of contract. If this avenue is closed to me, there is absolutely no remedy for me, or other writers in my position. Even if the film were a word-for-word copy of the book, I would be unable to take them to court.

  3. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    Hi Tess,

    This is horrific, I do hope you are successful. I’m sure you are not taking what the Warner Bros. attorney said as the truth.
    Hollywood attorneys lie and deceive, half if not more have sold their souls and they’d sell their mother’s soul too, if they could.
    I hope you have a great, blood thirsty attorney, ’cause that is what you need.

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