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  Filmmaker Tyler Perry has come out on top of a federal copyright infringement lawsuit brought against him by a woman claiming his film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" was based on her play.

Published December 11, 2008

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Filmmaker Tyler Perry has come out on top of a federal copyright infringement lawsuit brought against him by a woman claiming his film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" was based on her play.

According to the Associated Press a  Marshall, Texas jury found that Donna West did not provide enough evidence to support her claim. In her lawsuit filed in May 2007, West argued that Perry possibly lifted material from her play "Fantasy of a Black Woman" when it was performed three times in 1991 in Dallas, or gained access to the script in 1998 when he presented his plays at the Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters.


Perry. however, testified that his work is all his.   


"We are very pleased that the jurors understood that Tyler Perry is an incredibly talented person who has no need to copy the work of others," attorney Veronica Lewis said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.


 West, who lives in North Texas, asked for damages and profits made from Perry's 2005 film, which earned some $50 million in theaters. Her attorneys plan to seek a new trial. West's lawyer Willie Briscoe claimed that "there were striking similarities" between the the two scripts.


 

Written by Miki Turner

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