Entertainment Law

A recent case raised the question of whether a sequel movie is always a derivative work of the original work. The sequel was Top Gun: Maverick which  featured Tom Cruise reprising his role as U.S. Navy test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. The film was wildly successful grossing $1.5 billion worldwide. The original movie was based on a

​Screenwriters should annotate their scripts to document the source of their work. A careful annotation will help a screenwriter defend against defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuits by showing that the writer acted carefully. Recall that when a public figure or public official sues for defamation they must prove that the defendant acted with “actual