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Why I Sued Eddie Murphy [Kindle Edition]

Gregory L. Hudson
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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, was 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 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 Hudson’s betrayal by his lawyers and how he was prejudice by federal judges, which shouldn’t happen to anyone.

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As I read "Why I sued Eddie Murphy"it became obvious to me that this was not a publicity stunt but a true testament of someone who intricately understood the material used in the film "Life"starring Eddie Murphy and produced by Universal,"running with the hares and hunting with the hounds"is what came to mind as I learned of the malfeasions of the court system in denying justice to prevail in the case of this writer.I would recommend that you read this frustrating account and know that we are all susceptable and should no longer allow our justice system to further erode our right ...

The Book of the CENTURY!!! Brilliant!!!! Funny!!!! Heart-pounding, irie,and suspenseful !!! May well be the book of the century!This is one of the most cleverly written and insightful book ever written on Copyright theft and how Hollywood and celebrities so easily get away with stealing Independent Artists work. For the ordinary reader, this book is simply breathe-taking and the reader should not begin to read this book unless he/she is fully prepared to read it all at once because once you start ... it's very hard to put it down.

MFA

highly recommended The information in this book was clearly given, highly detailed and more or less like a learning experience. He was very funny and it is as he was in front of you telling you a story. I have learned not to be too trusting especially with people in authority.
USUS

Gregory points out the loopholes that protect the system and deny the citizen. Gregory is a devoted advocate for all independent artists . Though his battle continues ....Gregory perserevers unwaveringly . "Why I Sued Eddie Murphy" is a must read for everyone as well as a textbook for all artist. J

Jill Delbridge The Artist Lounge

The author does a superb job in pleading his case  The author does a superb job in pleading his case against the parties involved in the unlawful use of his work. This book is a must read for aspiring screenwriters or playwrights, who are naive to the possibilities of their artistic works being compromised or misrepresented, on a large scale, by powerful production companies.

From the Author

For My Fellow Artists ... this book is dedicated to all of those Independent Artists and their families whose lives have been and continue being unjustly destroyed by copyright thieves, thier corrupt lawyers, and an 'infected judicial system' that (not only support these inhumane acts against society through judges' knowingly improper rulings) seemingly sanctions and encourages these unholy predators, as long as certain members of the establishment receives their fare share of the profits. In the eyes of these humaniods, the lives of ordinary peole are worthless and serve no purpose other than to become, prey, food, or fodder so that these 'fat-cats' can grow fatter and the rich can grow richer.
 
It is with my deepest sympathy and heart-felt sorrow to all of you victims of these savages (copyright thieves) and to your precious families that you must endure such horrendous injustic. However, you can rest assure that as long as there is an ounce of breath in me that I will fight and never submit to these beasts-like animals, their unrelenting greed, and un-quenching thrust to prey upon the weak and venerable.
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As for the book, I did not write this book to attack, defame, slander, libel, or destroy the career of comedian Eddie Murphy ... or anyone else mentioned in this book.

I wrote this book for the sole purpose of setting the record straight with respect to 'my credibility' and as to "Why I Sued Eddie Murphy".

In writing this book, it didn't take very long to discover that Eddie Murphy has a very long and storied history of being sued for copyright theft.

This book is similar to my other books in the sense that they are highly educational, as well as entertaining. My other published books are Monologues: Dramatic Monologues For Actors", "Showtime: Comedic Acting Scenes for Two Actors", and "48 Poems: Reflections Of A Poet".

I beleived that this maybe the most important book ever written on the subject of copyright theft, due process of the law, the American Judicial System through the eyes of an artists and victim and it should be in every law school and library in this country.

In the end, this book has and will go a very long ways towards stopping copyright theft. As long as copyright thieves know that this book is out there and that there may be more Gregory L Hudsons willing to put it all on the line to protect their works, copyright thieves will have second thoughts. Every writer should read this book to better understand "how to protect their work".

Product Details

  • File Size: 1523 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1434972593
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RoseDog Books (June 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DVB5NO
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly a lot of info in a little book September 24, 2012
By veeh
Format:Kindle Edition
A very easy read. I was actually amazed at the amount of information in this one little book. I like the way the author was able to hold your attention to the end. The book also made me laugh. Who would think that the author would be able to make jokes while going through what he did in this book.
I would hope that people will pick up this book and read. It will give you an insight not only into what the independent artist has to go through but maybe teach you how to protect yourself against the so called BIG guys out there who wants to take from the LITTLE man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A Must Read Book" Brilliant!!!! June 17, 2012
By MFA
Format:Hardcover
Brilliant!!!! Funny!!!! Heart-pounding, irie,and suspenseful !!! May well be the book of the century!

This is one of the most cleverly written and insightful book ever written on Copyright theft and how Hollywood and celebrities so easily get away with stealing 'Independent Artists' work.

For the ordinary reader, this book is simply breathe-taking and the reader should not begin to read this book unless he/she is fully prepared to read it all at once because once you start ... it's very hard to put it down. For writers or artists, all of you should read this book to see just how easy your work can be stolen and there is very little that you can do about it. What is most shocking is, how Gregory's own lawyers (two different law firms) turned against him and aided Eddie Murphy, Heavy D, Universal Studios and others. Even more shocking is how the court system routinely ruled against him in spite of undeniable evidence and still the courts wouldn't allow him a trial by jury. CHAPTER 13: "100 Year Curse" is so irie and chilling that, that, that, ... well this chapter chronicles the hard times, tragedies,deaths... surrounding many of the people involed in the creation of the movie, LIFE, after Gregory found out that his plays, "No Harm, No Foul" and "Bronx House" were used to make the movie without his permission. This chapter will literally leave you .... SPEECHLESS!!!!

Hold on too your hat because this book takes you on a ride as if you were walking step by step with Gregory from the time his works were used, through the burning of a massive 6 by 8 foot hole in his security fence around his home to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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I have spent most of his life in some aspect of the performing arts and am recognized as a successful producer, director, writer, and contemporary and classical actor on the New York Stage. As for my writing style, my clever plots, unique characters and fresh dialogue are distinguishable elements that set me apart from other writers. This is evident in my first book, Monologues: Dramatic Monologues For Actors and even more evident in 48 POEMS: Reflections Of A Poet followed by my third book, SHOWTIME: Comedic Acting Scenes for Two Actors.

Some of some New York stage play productions include: No Harm, No Foul; Bronx House; A Piece Of My Dream and Vagabond Love to name a few -- all of which were written, produced, directed, and starred me. Some of my screen plays include: The Plaintiff; Thaddeus McCain and A Piece Of My Dream. I also appearred in the hit television drama, Law & Order, and work on the feature film, Carlito's Way starring Al Pacino. There are also my television pilots, Buck Wild, Blinging, and radio dramas, Severance and Traffic Jam.

As an undergraduate theatre major at Brooklyn College, I co-founded the Brooklyn College Little Theatre in Boylan Hall. I served as an administrative assistant at the world renowned Public Theatre (formerly Joseph Papp Theatre) and assisted on matters regarding the mega Broadway hit, A Chorus Line. Subsequently, I worked at the New York Shakespeare Festival (Shakespeare In The Park) and assisted with the production of the Broadway hit, The Mystery of Edwin Drood which moved from Shakespeare In The Park to Broadway. I also assisted on numerous successful Off-Broadway shows produced at the Public Theatre during his internship.

I obtained my MFA in performing arts management and BA in theatre at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn ("BC"), New York. I was performing, teaching acting, directing, voice & movement, and other areas of the arts as a student at BC. As artistic director, I founded my first professional theatre company, The Hudson Repertory Theatre Company, now Poor Penny Productions, Inc., as an undergraduate student and consistently produced and directed several plays each year while pursuing his degrees. I also have teaching licenses in the performing arts and several New York City and State Certifications in performing arts, speech, and in supervision and administration.

I am an avid fighter and advocate against copyright infringement and is recognized and highly respected in the area of copyright infringement with respect to "dramatic works." My epic (nearly 10 years) copyright infringement and Breach of Implied-In-Fact Lawsuit over copyright for my stage plays No Harm, No Foul, Bronx House for the hit movie LIFE against Universal Studios, Eddies Murphy starring Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and others are well documented in the Eastern District Court of New York; the Southern District Court of New York; the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York as well as the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington D.C., in the cases of Hudson v. Universal Studios, Inc., et al. (03-CV-1008 (FB (LB)

"Writing is my passion ... I don't write because I want to write ... I write because I am a writer who is compelled to write".




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