Landon v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
384 F. Supp. 450 (1974)
Margaret Landon (plaintiff) wrote a book entitled Anna and the King of Siam. She sold the motion-picture rights to her book to Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (Fox) (defendant). The contract between Landon and Fox granted Fox exclusive motion-picture rights and motion-picture copyright to Landon’s book. The contract also granted Fox the right to make and sell motion-picture versions of the book, as well as the exclusive right to broadcast them on television. Fox created a television series called Anna and the King and broadcasted it on the CBS Television network. Landon sued Fox for, among other things, copyright infringement. She argued that the parties’ contract gave Fox the right to make feature-length films and reshow them on television but did not permit Fox to make a direct-to-television short-format series. Both Landon and Fox moved for summary judgment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lasker, J.)
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