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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, June 10, 2022

'Top Gun' heirs sue Paramount over 'Top Gun: Maverick"

TopgunThe family of Ehud Yonay, the author of the article “Top Guns,” has filed a complaint in Los Angeles federal court against Paramount Global for failing to reacquire the rights before releasing the sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Paramount originally obtained the exclusive rights to the article, which appeared in a 1983 edition of California magazine. The article was credited in the original 1986 film. 

The Yonay family claims that the copyright reverted back to them in January 2020 and are seeking unspecified damages. Paramount claims the sequel was “sufficiently completed” by the time the copyright had reverted back to the Yonay family and that they did not “thumb its nose” at federal copyright law as the family has suggested.

For more Information:

See Jonathan Stempel, “’Top Gun’ heirs sue Paramount over ‘Top Gun: Maverick’”, Yahoo Finance, June 6, 2022.

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.


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