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‘Godfather,’ Anti-Piracy, Mitsubishi: Intellectual Property

Proceeds from the sequel to Mario Puzo’s novel “The Godfather” published last week will be put in escrow while Paramount Pictures and the late novelist’s estate pursue litigation over the publishing rights.

“An interim agreement allows publication of the novel to go forward, pending resolution of this matter,” Richard Kendall, a lawyer for Los Angeles-based Paramount, said at a hearing May 11 in Manhattan federal court.