Godfather Game Lawsuit

Mario Puzo may be sleeping with Luca Brasi and the fishes since 1999, but his estate is not letting anyone horn in on his territory, as this report indicates that Anthony Puzo has filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures over revenue from the recent Godfather video game. The author's son claims the estate is due at least $1 million from the game, based on an agreement between his father and the movie studio in 1992 that was "to give Puzo a significant share of the revenue of any audio-visual products sold or rented with elements of the 'Godfather' movies." Paramount has not yet commented on the lawsuit, though in an interesting related note, EA has made it clear a sequel to the game is in the works.
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It could all be set to go to a Charity or directly into stocks/bonds etc, for all we know.

I'm pretty sure that he wouldn't be suing unless he thought he'd be getting the money.

It's not about what Anthony deserves. It's what the ESTATE is entitled to based on legal contracts.

Again, I'm not arguing about legal contracts here. I don't associate law with justice or morality. If all the money goes to charity, then hey, I take back my previous statements and concede that Anthony is a great guy and that this lawsuit is completely reasonable and justified. If all the money goes into his pockets, then my statement still stands: Anthony Puzo doesn't deserve to get $1 million because of his last name.

So what you are saying is that just because someone dies, their creations are up for grabs to anyone that wants them?

That's the tricky part. On the one hand, having IP die with its original creator would promote innovation and reduce exploitation and milking. On the other hand, some ideas would never reach their full potential. I think the first choice is the best option.


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