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MacGyver takes MacGruber to court?

02.03.2010

Looks like MACGRUBER might need a little longer than 10 seconds to defuse this legal bomb that just got dropped. Latino Review is reporting that Lee Zlotoff, creator of the "MacGyver" TV series is ready to file suit against the upcoming Universal film for copyright/trademark infringement. Zlotoff is separately developing a MACGYVER movie with Warners-based New Line and believes that the MACGRUBER movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters this April, could infringe on his property.

The worst case scenario for Universal and MACGRUBER would be if an injunction were filed preventing the film from being released. I'm no Matlock but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that's a longshot. I think Zlotoff's case is sketchy at best at this point (as THR points out, are viewers really likely to be confused by the MACGRUBER/MACGYVER similarities?) but I'm sure Universal and MACGRUBER production company Relativity Media will come to some sort of financial settlement that'll make Zlotoff shut up and the April 23rd release date stick.

A similar last-minute legal issue almost blocked the release of AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER as the James Bond people felt that it infringed on the GOLDFINGER film. But, as mentioned above, a settlement was reached and GOLDMEMBER hit theaters without any kind of title change. Will MACGRUBER be so lucky? 10 seconds MacGruber...

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8:45AM on 02/04/2010

I'm no lawyer but....

...shouldn't this lawsuit have been filed when SNL first ran the skits? The horse is already out of the barn!

The idea that this might now make MONEY should not be a deciding factor on whether or not copyright infringement occurred. By not suing earlier, I argue that the MacGyver guys have given their silent consent already.
...shouldn't this lawsuit have been filed when SNL first ran the skits? The horse is already out of the barn!

The idea that this might now make MONEY should not be a deciding factor on whether or not copyright infringement occurred. By not suing earlier, I argue that the MacGyver guys have given their silent consent already.
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1:57PM on 02/04/2010
Depending, how many years, yes. Trademark law has this thing called "implied license". But he knows they'll settle and pay him, he doesn't expect to win.
Depending, how many years, yes. Trademark law has this thing called "implied license". But he knows they'll settle and pay him, he doesn't expect to win.
10:06PM on 02/03/2010

Just May Save Some Careers...

This lawsuit may just stop the next mess of a movie to come from the small screen at SNL. Gee..."Pat", "A Night At The Roxbury", and now this.

I'll just rewatch the Blues Brothers.
This lawsuit may just stop the next mess of a movie to come from the small screen at SNL. Gee..."Pat", "A Night At The Roxbury", and now this.

I'll just rewatch the Blues Brothers.
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9:17PM on 02/03/2010
Wouldn't this be like the creators of Batman suing Disaster Movie for using Batman? I mean, c'monnnnn
Wouldn't this be like the creators of Batman suing Disaster Movie for using Batman? I mean, c'monnnnn
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8:32PM on 02/03/2010
Bunch of crap. If they want to stop MacGruber, they have plenty of time when it was just a skit on SNL. They probably just scare somebody wanna steal their thunder. Hope MacGruber gets released on time.
Bunch of crap. If they want to stop MacGruber, they have plenty of time when it was just a skit on SNL. They probably just scare somebody wanna steal their thunder. Hope MacGruber gets released on time.
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6:00PM on 02/03/2010

Aw theres like a bunch of green...

I thought the trailer was funny and I hope it gets released on time.
I thought the trailer was funny and I hope it gets released on time.
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4:25PM on 02/03/2010

Honestly...

Let's grow up now...
Can we?
Reboot it...
Let's grow up now...
Can we?
Reboot it...
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4:11PM on 02/03/2010

Looks funny to me.

I vote for a MacGyver vs. Guyver movie.
I vote for a MacGyver vs. Guyver movie.
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2:54PM on 02/03/2010
Studios suck the big one!
Studios suck the big one!
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1:57PM on 02/03/2010
They always wait until the last minute to file suit in hopes that the studio will settle out of court.

Anyone heard of Henry Winkler's thoughts on MacGruber?
They always wait until the last minute to file suit in hopes that the studio will settle out of court.

Anyone heard of Henry Winkler's thoughts on MacGruber?
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1:02PM on 02/03/2010
I hope they block the film from being released and eventually cause the producers to release it on DVD. Not because it infringes on MacGuyver, but because the movie looks so fucking stupid. I weep for this generation when MacGruber and Hot Tub Time Machine are the most anticipated comedies of the year.
I hope they block the film from being released and eventually cause the producers to release it on DVD. Not because it infringes on MacGuyver, but because the movie looks so fucking stupid. I weep for this generation when MacGruber and Hot Tub Time Machine are the most anticipated comedies of the year.
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12:32AM on 02/04/2010
I would agree with the direct to DVD release of this film
I would agree with the direct to DVD release of this film
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12:26PM on 02/03/2010
as has been said... it is protected under Parody... much like when the owners of the rights to Gone With The Wind sued the publishers of The Wind Done Gone, and WInd Done Gone won (upon Appeal) based on Parody rights!
as has been said... it is protected under Parody... much like when the owners of the rights to Gone With The Wind sued the publishers of The Wind Done Gone, and WInd Done Gone won (upon Appeal) based on Parody rights!
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12:00PM on 02/03/2010
Look-this spoof will only help to generate sales (in every form)for the "MacGyver" t.v. series anyway-so Zlotoff should be jumpin' for $joy.$
Look-this spoof will only help to generate sales (in every form)for the "MacGyver" t.v. series anyway-so Zlotoff should be jumpin' for $joy.$
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11:58AM on 02/03/2010

He does realize this is a parody right?

I mean he's seen Epic Movie, Date Movie, and all those Scary Movies to know that they don't need your permission to rehash their shit if it's supposed to be "funny" right? I mean Mac was pretty much a parody as it was.
I mean he's seen Epic Movie, Date Movie, and all those Scary Movies to know that they don't need your permission to rehash their shit if it's supposed to be "funny" right? I mean Mac was pretty much a parody as it was.
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12:38PM on 02/03/2010
Do you really think people saw those movies? I agree with you though.
Do you really think people saw those movies? I agree with you though.
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11:39AM on 02/03/2010
Zlotoff sounds like a real villainous name. I bet he's a d-bag. He's trying for a lazy cash-in.
Zlotoff sounds like a real villainous name. I bet he's a d-bag. He's trying for a lazy cash-in.
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11:11AM on 02/03/2010
Parodies are protected under the Fair Use law. I don't think there will be any problems.

And who the fuck wants a real MacGyver movie anyway?
Parodies are protected under the Fair Use law. I don't think there will be any problems.

And who the fuck wants a real MacGyver movie anyway?
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12:31AM on 02/04/2010
I do
I do
10:52AM on 02/03/2010

MacGruber/Guyver

Richard Dean Anderson is a god, and I doubt he gives a shit about this at all lol. Stupid stuidios
Richard Dean Anderson is a god, and I doubt he gives a shit about this at all lol. Stupid stuidios
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10:22AM on 02/03/2010

what a douche

seems like a good enough reason to boycott a MacGuyver movie - aside from that fact it would probably suck, albeit in a good-natured way.
seems like a good enough reason to boycott a MacGuyver movie - aside from that fact it would probably suck, albeit in a good-natured way.
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10:45AM on 02/03/2010
EXTRA TIDBIT: Richard Dean Anderson has no problems with MACGRUBER.
EXTRA TIDBIT: Richard Dean Anderson has no problems with MACGRUBER.
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10:13AM on 02/03/2010
It's called a parody. If it's been legal for SNL, the movie will enjoy the same rights. Bad timing is unfortunate, but not a legal precedent to follow.
It's called a parody. If it's been legal for SNL, the movie will enjoy the same rights. Bad timing is unfortunate, but not a legal precedent to follow.
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