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Forest Park Pictures v. Universal Television Network, Inc., 11-2011

In a dispute over the concept for a television show involving the question of the extent to which the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. section 101 et seq., preempts contract claims involving copyrightable property, the District Court's grant of studio-defendant's motion to dismiss on the grounds that this breach of contract action is preempted by the Copyright Act is reversed where plaintiffs adequately alleged a contract that includes an implied promise to pay, and this claim is based on rights that are not the equivalent of those protected by the Copyright Act.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/26/2012
  • Published 06/26/2012

Judges

  • JOHN M. WALKER, JR.

Court

  • United States Second Circuit

Counsel