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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Would Mario Puzo be happy that his son sold out his creation so that a crappy game could be made of it?

Adding to the obvious fact you don't have a clue...Mario Puzo himself signed the deal with Paramount, not Anthony. Paramount sold the right to EA, not Anthony.

When you consider that most IP is owned by large corporations with little to no integrity, I think government control would be a step up.

How do you figure? The government would be protecting those very corporations that own the IP's to begin with. Paramount owns the IP, not the Puzo estate. Puzo sold the rights to Paramount with stipulations that his estate would receive their due shares on future projects that Paramount sold out for. Not to mention with your method, tax-payers would be footing the bill for defense lawyers instead of Paramount.

Once again, I'm not disputing the legality of Anthony Puzo's claims. I'm simply pointing out that he is in no way responsible for the creation of the Godfather books, movies or games and as such, doesn't deserve to profit from them.

Once again you don't seem to understand the concept of an Estate. He is protecting family money, not Anthony money. If this Estate was controlled by "joe-blow & sons holdings co." and they filed the suit on behalf of the Puzo estate, would you feel any better about it?


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