LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Thomas A. Ward
Holland Law, LLP
Welcome to the fall edition of New Matter for 2022. The cover of this edition hopefully provides some comic relief about the copyright infringement lawsuit against Paramount Pictures after their recent release of the new Top Gun film. The family of the man whose magazine article inspired the first 1986 Top Gun film is suing Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement. Details of the Top Gun copyright lawsuit follow.
In 1983, California Magazine published an article by the now deceased original creator called "Top Guns," which told the story of Navy pilots "in a remarkably vivid and cinematic fashion," according to the lawsuit. Paramount secured the film rights to the article weeks later and the blockbuster film Top Gun was released in 1986.