Author Sues Production Company For Copyright Infringement For Changing The Script It Optioned From Him
from the moral-rights-through-contract dept
Copycense points us to the news of a writer, Matthew Jones, who is suing the people who optioned his screenplay (which was based on his own novel, Boot Tracks) for changing the screenplay without his permission. He apparently wrote into the contract that such changes could not be made without his permission -- and yet the screenplay was changed to help get funding. There's an obvious contractual breach in there, but Jones is also claiming copyright infringement, suggesting that, by breaking the agreement, they were also creating an unauthorized derivative work. In this case, it's a little more confusing, because there's some question as to when the producer and director actually exercised the option to buy the screenplay/make the film. Either way, it may make for an interesting case and it makes me wonder if we'll start to see more efforts by content creators to enforce such moral-like rights via contract.