Friday, June 17, 2005
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a cert petition has been filed in the case of Grosso v. Miramax. Jeff Grosso is a screenwriter whose work The Shell Game had been seen by executives at Miramax. Although Miramax did not use his script, it later made a film which Grosso thought closely resembled his work. While it upheld the dismissal of his infringment of copyright claim, the 9th circuit had held that Grosso's state law claim for breach of implied contract was not preempted--thus the district court's dismissal of his suit was improper. Read the 9th Circuit's opinion here. Read the Hollywood Reporter story here. (limited access; access to the full story requires subscription).