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Paramount sued over Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star


The family of the author whose article inspired the 1986 Tom Cruise film “Top Gun” sued Paramount Pictures on Monday for copyright infringement over this year’s hit sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.”

According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the Paramount Global unit failed to repurchase the rights to Ehud Yonay’s 1983 “Top Guns” article from his family before publishing the “spin-off” sequel. “.

Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay, who live in Israel and are Ehud’s widow and son, respectively, said Paramount deliberately ignored the copyright reverted to them in January 2020, “mocking” federal law on copyright.

Paramount did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including certain profits from “Top Gun: Maverick,” and to stop Paramount from distributing the film or other sequels.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is this year’s biggest box office hit, grossing $291 million in North America and $548.6 million worldwide in its first 10 days of release.

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