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Supreme Court to Hear ‘Raging Bull’ Copyright Case; Could Undercut Favorite Studio Defense

July 10, 2014Article
The Wrap

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a copyright claim on Martin Scorsese‘s “Raging Bull” by the original screenwriter’s daughter, the high court announced Tuesday — an action that could take away a legal advantage widely used by studios if it breaks her way.

The challenge comes from Paula Petrella, whose father Frank Petrella wrote boxing champ Jake LaMotta’s autobiography and an early draft of the screenplay in 1963. She claims rights to “Raging Bull” reverted to heirs when the author died in 1981, before the 28-year copyright term expired.

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