Copyright Infringement Claimed on Script SummariesThu Jan 31, 2008 @ 09:59AM PST
Posted by Eriq Gardner
Breakdown Services has been delivering original script analyses and summaries to the entertainment community for more than 35 years. According to this complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, defendant Internet Solutions Corporation (also known as "Too Spoiled") "copied the breakdowns for the specific purposes of infringing Breakdown Services' copyrights and selling illegal and unauthorized copies of the breakdowns."
Too Spoiled appears to be a Nevada-based company that specializes in talent scouting and other services.
Assuming the defendant actually copied the work, the question for the court may be whether the work was copyrightable in the first place. Only original material is eligible to be copyrighted, so will a court see these summaries as new, original work or derivatives of the original scripts? Perhaps the amount of script "analysis" that Breakdown purports to have included will be weighed.
Sole practitioner Steven Krakowsky is the lawyer for Breakdown Services.