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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So lets stick to reality and not fantasy.

That's why I said that's how it should work. The unfortunate reality is that franchises are milked and people get money for doing nothing.

Not to mention, if the IP "died" with the creator without any legal copyrights to protect it, whats to stop joe-blow from re-writing the same book and releasing it as his own, with nothing to protect the original IP?

A government agency created to track copyright infringement and prosecute those who violate it? With all the money that's wasted on lawsuits like these, I'm sure they could afford to make one.

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