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Anderson v. Stallone

United States District Court for the Central District of California
11 U.S.P.Q.2d 1161 (C.D. Cal. 1989)


Facts

After hearing Sylvester Stallone (defendant) publicly describe his ideas for a Rocky IV movie, Timothy Anderson (plaintiff) wrote a script for Rocky IV. The script used the characters from the Rocky series without Stallone’s permission. Anderson met with MGM and gave the company his script, although the parties never formally agreed to use Anderson’s script for the movie. Stallone subsequently finished his own script for Rocky IV and made the movie. Anderson brought suit for copyright infringement. Stallone moved for summary judgment.

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