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Paramount Sued for Releasing ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Without Copyright License

  • Studio accused of snubbing copyright demand by author’s heirs
  • Tom Cruise film is a blockbuster performer since May release
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Paramount Pictures Corp. was accused in a lawsuit of releasing its blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick” without securing a license from the estate of the writer whose story inspired the original film about four decades ago.

The author’s heirs claim the studio has been on notice since 2018 that its copyrights to the “Top Gun” franchise were terminated -- and that it went ahead to release the sequel last month without permission.