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Harlan Ellison files lawsuit. In other news, sun rises.


The ever-litigious, delightfully irascible sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison has filed a lawsuit against CBS Paramount, claiming he's owed compensation from the studio's ongoing exploitation of his Star Trek teleplay "The City On The Edge Of Forever" (which has been spun into merchandise and sequels). Ellson's lawyers content that under The Writer's Guild Of America minimum basic agreement of 1960 (plus a 1966 amendment), Ellison is entitled to 25% of the revenues generated from the licensing of his original story. Ellison is also suing the WGA, for not acting more strongly on his behalf in the matter. Ellison is only seeking $1 plus court costs from the WGA--more to prove a point than anything else--but in a statement, Ellison said that the CBS Paramount lawsuit "ain't about the 'principle,' friend, it's about the money! Pay me!"

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