Madea Goes To Court

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Lawsuits, News

Posted by Bossip Staff

There’s a new edition to the Madea series according Livesteez:

Actor/Director Tyler Perry is being sued over a film script, in which a jury was selected in Marshall’s federal court last week to hear a copyright infringement case against the mogul. Perry was present, under heavy security, for Tuesday’s jury selection process in Marshall, TX. His appearance was deliberately kept secret. Jurors have been instructed to return at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, to hear evidence before U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.

The lawsuit was filed May 21, 2007, on behalf of Donna West, who is a Texas resident according to court documents. Ms. West’s attorneys claim Perry’s film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” was “copied largely from the plaintiff’s copyrighted script.” Ms. West is suing Perry individually as well as Tyler Perry Company Inc. and Lions Gate Entertainment Inc, reports The Marshall News Messenger.

Perry’s attorneys have filed answers to the lawsuit, denying all allegations of copyright infringement. The answers say “the materials claimed to have been copied from the plaintiff’s work are not protected by copyright law because they are ideas, facts, conventions or cliches of story-telling, script-writing or movie-making.”

Meanwhile, Perry’s attorneys say “defendants were not aware and had no reason to believe that their acts constituted an infringement of copyright” because the “defendants’ motion picture was created independently of the plaintiff’s allegedly copyrighted script.”

It looks like Tyler Perry is gonna have to convince a jury he didn’t steal anything from Ms. West and it might just take an @ss whipping or two from Madea to help get the job done. How are yerrr doin’?

Read the full Livesteez story.

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Comments

  • I GOT IT LIKE THAT

    MINSTREL SHOW ASS .. NOT INTERESTED AT ALL IN TYLER PERRY. HAD OPRAH NOT VOUCHED FOR HIM HE WOULD HAVE NEVER BLEW UP THE WAY HE HAS. PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT MR. PERRY!

  • Des

    How are yerr doing is Rasputia Latimore.

    Madea says heller!!

  • FoxxyBriMax

    And Good Mornting!

  • Jeloi

    I hope it works out for Tyler. If this was stolen why didn’t she sue him when the play was made instead of waiting until he made the movie.

  • crazy

    I hope this woman in texas takes him down. I know one of the writers he fired recently for trying to get better pay from him. He is a cheat and liar, and he got to where he is in life by stepping on top of those who helped. so I could care less what happens to him.

  • Candid Canuck

    @ Jeloi;

    denial will get you no where.

  • notimeforfakeones..

    So?

  • K-mia

    Tyler Perry movies and plays suck

  • blackgirl

    Well Ill just be dern….my mommas from marshall texas. My people are from there. I have to ask about this!

  • Toni Montana

    90% of black female dramas are the same.

    Lets see….black woman mistreated by her man…single mother….finally meets one black brother who treats her right…. but she cant seem to trust him…. sound familiar?

    Shes gonna have to prove he stole it VERBATIM to prove her case.

  • justme

    Tyler Perry’s situation with his writers, outside of this lawsuit, is horrendous. Writers shouldn’t have to worry about being paid…

  • ROE SKI LOVE

    Tyler Perry is without a doubt cooning, playing up to steriotypes, creating steriotypes, he also perpetuates ignorance among our people i.e. (meet the browns)I don’t and won’t support his endeavers.

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