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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That's only if a corporation owns the IP. If the IP is buried with its original creator, the government would protect it from everyone.

So any existing products, or products in progress get pulled from shelves, any company that had rights, then loses them?
Your fantasy method simply would not work.

unless the government didn't hold trials for copyright infringement and simply fined/killed anyone who committed it.

Ahh you've obviously thought this through very well... /sarcasm

Did Anthony Puzo create the Godfather? No. Did he write the books? No. Did he make the movies? No. Did he make the game? No.

Did Paramount write the books? No. Did EA write the books? No. Does Paramount own the IP? Yes. Does Paramount owe Puzo's estate the value agreed upon in the past? Yes, Probably. Is Anthony Puzo the controller of that Estate? Yes.

If the controller of the Estate cannot go after Paramount for unpaid dues, then who can in your eyes? Because what you are saying is Paramount shouldn't have to pay shares out to anyone just because Mario Puzo died. If the Estate didn't exist then yes Paramount might be able to get away with it.

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