A New Era of Copyright Litigation in Hollywood

Revisiting Pirates of the Caribbean One Year Later

November 27, 2023

In 2017, screenwriters Lee Alfred and Ezequiel Martinez Jr. embarked on what would be a five-year journey for their copyright infringement claim against Walt Disney Pictures over the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Now, one year after it resolved, their legacy lives on through a new era of copyright litigation in Hollywood.

This article provides a brief recap of the impact from the Pirates case and identifies several open issues that litigants are likely to address in future cases as a result.

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Patrick M. Arenz


Member of Executive Board

Michael A. Geibelson


Managing Partner, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley Offices

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