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Jerry Seinfeld Wins "Comedians In Cars" Copyright Lawsuit

October 1, 2019


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Jerry Seinfeld had a copyright infringement lawsuit against him dismissed in court Monday, Deadline reports. Director Christian Charles had sued the comedian claiming he'd come up with the idea for the Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan ended the suit for good with his order in Seinfeld's favor, because he waited too long to bring the suit. “Because Charles was on notice that his ownership claim had been repudiated since at least 2012, his infringement claim is time-barred,” Nathan wrote, adding that Seinfeld was also now the sole author of the series. “Today’s victory is a complete vindication,” Seinfeld attorney Orin Snyder said. “Jerry created Comedians in Cars and this lawsuit was nothing but a money-grab." Charles had directed the pilot for the series, which is now in its 11th season, the last two of which streamed on Netflix.