Supreme Court revives 'Raging Bull' copyright lawsuit against MGM

By Daniel S Levine,

The copyright lawsuit over Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic Raging Bull has been revived thanks to the Supreme Court. The highest court in the country has agreed that Paula Petrella did not wait too long to file a lawsuit against MGM, which currently distributes the film.

Petrella filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against MGM in 2009, on behalf of her late father, Frank Petrella, who died in 1981. She claimed that she learned that her father co-wrote a script with boxer Jake La Motta in 1963 about La Motta called The Raging Bull. Lower courts had previously dismissed the suit, claiming that she waited too long to file the suit, as she learned about the possibly infringement 18 years ago.

But, according to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court has voted 6-3 to allow Petrella to move forward with her lawsuit. They decided that she did not wait too long to file the suit.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, she is seeking at least $1 million in damages.

Raging Bull is one of the most acclaimed films of all time, earning Robert De Niro an Oscar for Best Actor.

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