Why I Sued Eddie Murphy
by Gregory L. Hudson
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. Hudsons lawsuit alleged that protected elements (characters, scenes, dialogue, etc.) from Hudsons hilarious stage play comedy, No Harm, No Foul, was used to create the Academy Award-winning hit movie (released in 1999) without Hudsons permission after a promise to pay him.
This true story is cleverly written and tells Hudsons heart-pumping journey from the day he learned his play had been use 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 Hudsons betrayal by his lawyers and how he was prejudice by federal judges, which shouldnt happen to anyone.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. Hes written numerous plays (produced in New York City), films, and TV pilots. He has appeared in film and televeision, and teaches drama at JHS 231 in Queens, NY. He is a marathon runner, enjoys golf, fishing, travel and sports.
Hudson is highly respected as a copyright expert.(2012, hardcover, 108 pages)