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FRIEDMAN v. ITC INT'L. TV CORP.

March 11, 1986

Anna FRIEDMAN, Plaintiff,
v.
ITC INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION CORPORATION, Mobil Corporation, Channel 13, Public Broadcasting Channel, Defendants



The opinion of the court was delivered by: COSTANTINO

MEMORANDUM OF DECISION AND ORDER

COSTANTINO, District Judge.

Defendants move this court for summary judgment.

 FACTS

 Plaintiff is the author and the owner of a copyright in a work entitled Benjamin Disraeli.

 Plaintiff alleges that defendants' television broadcast entitled Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic, shown on public television, infringed upon her copyright.

 For purposes of this motion, all parties concede that defendants had access to plaintiff's manuscript.

 Plaintiff's Claim of Similarity

 Plaintiff's biography of Disraeli is an essentially chronological account of the life of the famed British statesman. The manuscript chronicles Disraeli's life from his birth through his rise to political power. The last 15 pages of the manuscript contains plaintiff's conclusions with respect to the place in history occupied by Disraeli.

 Plaintiff's affidavit in opposition states that she was astonished at the "striking similarity" between her work and defendants' teleplay.

 Plaintiff, to aid the court in its inquiry on this motion, made notes in the margins of defendants' transcript of the teleplay detailing the alleged similarities.

 The court has reviewed both works in question as well as the alleged similarities and finds, inter alia, that plaintiff claims copyright protection over the following:

 1. Disraeli's date of birth and ...


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