Production company Paramount Pictures sued over copyright infringement in Top Gun: Maverick

Published 07 Jun, 2022 11:08am

According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles, the production company failed to acquire a right to a 1983 article Top Guns.

Photo: Top Gun Movie /Instagram
Photo: Top Gun Movie /Instagram

The family of the author whose article inspired the 1986 Tom Cruise movie Top Gun on Monday sued Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement over this year’s blockbuster sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, the Paramount Global unit failed to reacquire the rights to Ehud Yonay’s 1983 article Top Guns from his family before releasing the “derivative” sequel.

Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay, who live in Israel and are respectively Ehud’s widow and son, said Paramount deliberately ignored that the copyright reverted to them in Jan 2020, “thumbing its nose” at federal copyright law.

Paramount did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including some profits from Top Gun: Maverick, and to block Paramount from distributing the movie or further sequels.

The film is this year’s biggest box office hit, generating $291 million in North America and $548.6 million globally in its first 10 days of release.

Originally published in Dawn, June 7th, 2022