Why I Sued Eddie Murphy

Why I Sued Eddie Murphy

by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434972590
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2012
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Gregory L. Hudson authored four books, has a BA in Theatre, and a MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College in New York. He’s written numerous plays (produced in New York City), films, and TV pilots. He has appeared in film and televeision, and teaches drama at JHS 231 in Queens, NY. He is a marathon runner, enjoys golf, fishing, travel and sports.

Hudson is highly respected as a “copyright expert.”

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Jill22 More than 1 year ago
Gregory L Hudson 's "Why I Sued Eddie Murphy "I had the pleasure of reading this book and discussing (arouses intelligent conversation, what if's - supposes how an artist and anyone doing business with any corporations and/or conglomerations , does and don'ts etc...) with my family and friends ( I included the open minds, all ages from young teenagers to the elders ,naysayers, fans, and folks from all back rounds ,beliefs lack thereof etc...) its a most certainly captivating and an enlightening conversation piece. I suggest you do read with friends and family and decide together .Book is just the right size at 90 pages to keep which maintains everyone's attention Gregory L Hudsons' book "Why I sued Eddie Murphy " is a page turner . Book commands respect because it does not to glorify but , causes you as the reader to identify . Book is written presicely and concisely .... Point by point , fact by fact , each event as it unfolded .... with collaborating certified legal documents that are undisputable. From the moment you begin to read you identify with Gregory. You feel Gregory's passion and frustration . Gregory presents his case with side by side , still pictures from his onstage production "No Harm , No Foul " and Universal movie "Life" Cast to name a few Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Nick Cassavettes, the late Heavy D and Bernie Mac also a verity of well known and highly acclaimed actors. Motivation for plagerism not just allegations but , copyrighted legal documentation. Similarity of his stage production and characters. Book allows you be the judge and jury . Although Gregory has battled for over 10 years . He has been denied his right to a trial and jury of his peers. A priveldge that was denied him by the injust legal system . Taking his case all the way to the US Supreme Court. Which is not at all an easy task tedious to say the least . 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. Jill Delbridge The Artist Lounge © 2012 ® Peace ,ONE Love , & BLESSINGS!
JBlairBrown More than 1 year ago
In a world inundated with frivolous lawsuits, skepticism is the norm when one hears a title like “Why I Sued Eddie Murphy,” the newly released book penned by author and playwright Gregory L. Hudson. And then you read the book and realize that Hudson is not jumping on some bandwagon or merely trying to ‘make bank.’ In fact, the book offers a ‘can-you-believe-this-still-happens-in-this-country?!’ account of what drove Hudson to sue the uber-celebrity in a decade-long court case that persists to this day. In less than 90 pages, the author makes a compelling argument to prove that Eddie Murphy and Universal Studios, along with (recently deceased) hip hop artist Heavy D, with intent, stole, at the very least, portions of his own stage production “No Harm, No Fowl." Hudson alleges these individuals used his own scenes from the stage production in several popular scenes in the urban classic film “Life,” which stars Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Heavy D, Bernie Mac and a host of other noted artists. Hudson does more than spew sour grapes; he provides evidence, court documentation, dates, and motives behind these allegations. And he doesn’t make any apologies for any of it. From Chapter One, which outlines, in specific detail, the very day Hudson forwarded his scripts and materials to Heavy D at his office in the Seagrams Building in New York. And through several chapters thereafter, Hudson makes a thorough case – of intimidations, possible judicial corruption (inferred by this reader, not the author) – and he does this, not simply for retribution, but to fight the (still-) popular practice of ripping off independent artists. “Why I Sued Eddie Murphy” is a cry for justice on behalf of any independent artist of any kind whose rights have been infringed upon. If you’re looking for eloquence the likes of Hemingway or Fitzgerald, this is not that kind of book. Rather, it’s an in-your-face, ‘Yes, I said it!’ account of what Hudson calls “artistic genocide,” his own personal battle for right regarding his experience with Eddie Murphy and Universal Studios. But this book is so much more. “Why I Sued Eddie Murphy” is a call for all independent artists to stand strong on behalf of their intellectual properties – and never give up the fight for what’s right. While Hudson’s case might drag on in the court system, getting lost in the judicial shuffle of appeals and what/not, in the court of public opinion, Hudson has made more than a dent in the system; he is a true champion of independent artists everywhere. This little book (as does its author) stands on its own merits. I recommend it highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. As the reader ploughs through the accounts of dishonest "insiders" and unfaithful attorneys , he or she comes face to face with Hudson's past experiences and accomplishments that compliment his relentless spirit in staying true to what is rightfully his works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 to fair hearings and to be compensated when applicable.Thanks writer for your honesty and will to persevere in spite of the odds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting reading....highly recommended. An eye opener for all artist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world is now beginning to hear first hand, substantiated accounts of just how Unjust our Justice system is...this book lays the foundation for the unprecedented fight for Independent Artists to get the rights to their copyrighted material out of the hands of the alleged thieves and back where they rightfully belong. Gregory chronicles details in a clear, concise and riveting manner and shares with his audience the true tragedy of how one of our very own American heroes, one who fought for this country, was denied a basic Constitutional right to a jury trial. As Gregory articulated in the soon to be released documentary following up on this unprecedented campaign to Seek Justice for All Independent artists, "...I'm not a lawyer, I'm a warrior...and you never send a lawyer to fight a warrior...you send lawyers to fight lawyers...because lawyers fight until the money runs out...WARRIORS FIGHT UNTILLLLLL!!!!! One of the best books on copyright infringement ever written...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone trying to get into the entertainment field or any inventors. My heart goes out to Mr. Hudson for all that he has had to deal with regarding this matter and what our so called "judicial system" has put him through. I was immediately drawn to his story because something very similiar has happened to a family member. Their hard work was stolen right from under them. I can say from first hand experience that I know the frustration, pain and disappointment that these independent artist face when their hard work has been stolen. I was on the front line of seeing my family member go to the "appropriate" channels of receiving help only to have the so called "professionals" turn their backs on them. When you are the "little" person with no money you are literally treated like the scum of the earth! This book will open your eye's and you will tend to look at things differently and if you are an independent artist you will certainly have the mindset to protect your work. I'm gonna tell you that I could not put this book down! It's an easy read and Mr. Hudson is clearly a character that will have you laughing out loud! I had to pass this book on so that others can read it. I truely enjoyed this book and wish Mr. Hudson all the success in the world.!
mark derry More than 1 year ago
An excellent read a perfect blend of tounge and cheek with the facts to back up statements. I recommend this book to all interested in reading about the underside of the entertainment business.
MFA More than 1 year ago
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. 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. As a bonus ... this book has photos of Gregory performing his plays Off-Broadway in New York City and the scenes in the photos are pretty much identical from scenes in the movie LIFE long before the movie, LIFE was ever written. Every law student or wanta be lawyer should read this book and it should be on every law school's syllabus on due process of the law, ethics, and copyright infringement.
USUS More than 1 year ago
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.