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‘Top Gun’ heirs fly into battle with maverick Paramount

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‘Top Gun’ heirs fly into battle with maverick Paramount

Family of man on whose article original was based says production company failed to reacquire rights for sequel

Jonathan Stempel

The family of the author whose article inspired the 1986 Tom Cruise movie Top Gun has sued Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement over this year’s blockbuster sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

According to a complaint filed in a Los Angeles federal court, the Paramount Global unit failed to reacquire the rights to Ehud Yonay’s 1983 article Top Guns from the family before releasing the “derivative” sequel.

The lawsuit by Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay, who live in Israel and are, respectively, Ehud’s widow and son, seeks unspecified damages, including profits from Top Gun: Maverick, and to block distribution of the movie or further sequels...

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