Please sign to help Clayton Prince enforce his copyright to "Empire," in the Supreme Court

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Each year, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office holds a competition for up and coming screenwriters. From their website: ““Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP)...is...open to all screenwriters...who a feature length screenplay OR an original TV pilot length screenplay to be shot in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.”

Celebrated film writer Lee Daniels was one of the judges the year Clayton Prince pitched his already copyrighted TV pilot, "Cream." The pilot screenplay was handed directly to Daniels who expressed a deep interest in Clayton's work, and represented that he would follow up with Clayton soon thereafter.  Daniels never did and now claims himself as one of the creators of the hit show Empire.

Not only does Clayton feel deprived of the rewards for his hard work and creativity, but "Empire," is filmed in Chicago, defeating a key premise of the "Set in Philadelphia" competition, in its deprivation of the Philadelphia film tradespeople the opportunity to work. A professional community whose interests the Film Office is supposed to represent and defend.

The 3rd Circuit upheld a lower court decision, denying Clayton a trial because "the substantial similarity [between the two works] was insufficient.” This ruling was at a pre-trial phase, before any experts had an opportunity to inform the court with their professional opinions. Clayton is appealing this decision to the Supreme Court of the United States, claiming that the courts erred in applying the wrong standard in a 12(b)(6) proceeding and deprived him of his constitutional right to a jury trial.

Clayton asks for your support by signing this petition.

Thank you in advance!



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