In 2002, playwright Gregory L. Hudson filed a 100 million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against Eddie Murphy, Heavy D, Universal Pictures, Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, Imagine Films Entertainment and Brian Grazer over the hit movie, Life, starring Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Ned Beatty, and Heavy D. Hudson’s lawsuit alleged that "protected elements" (characters, scenes, dialogue, etc.) from Hudson’s hilarious stage play comedy, No Harm, No Foul, were used to create the Academy Award-winning hit movie (released in 1999) without Hudson’s permission after a promise to pay him.
This true story is cleverly written and tells Hudson’s heart-pumping journey, from the day he learned his play had been used through how he single-handedly tracked down Murphy, Heavy D, Universal, and served them with the lawsuit. Chapter thirteen, "The 100 Year Curse," paints a chilling picture of hard times encountered by Murphy and others associated with Life and its creators.
This "David and Goliath" story highlights copyright theft against independent artists and the unfairness of the American judicial system. It shows Hudson’s betrayal by his lawyers and how he was discriminated against by federal judges-which shouldn’t happen to anyone. http://atlantablacktheatrefestival.org/
In addition to the book discussion, Gregory will join a National Panel of Theatre Experts to discuss "The Identity Crisis in Black Theatre" and around the world on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10am.
Gregory will also conduct his sensational writing workshop, "The Process of Writing (Free) on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 10am. Registration is required. http://atlantablacktheatrefestival.org/
About the Author
Gregory L. Hudson authored four books, has a BA in Theatre, and a MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College in New York. He’s written numerous plays (produced in New York City), films and TV pilots. He has appeared in film and television, and teaches drama at JHS 231 in Queens, NY. He is a marathon runner, enjoys golf, fishing, travel and sports.
Gregory is a featured artist in the up-coming documentary film, "Injustice For All: Summary Misjudgment"
Hudson is highly respected as a "copyright expert."
Why I Sued Eddie Murphy is a 108-page hardback with a retail price of $20.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-7259-
412-288-4543 ext. 148
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