The Curious Copyright Case (of Benjamin Button)

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Warner Bros. is threatening Bollywood filmmakers with a copyright lawsuit if they develop a remake of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

According to reports last month, Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai would star in a film titled "Action Replay," wherein a man ages in reverse, just like the title character in the Hollywood film starring Brad Pitt. The Indian version has a possible release date in November.

Warner has placed advertisements in the Times of India and other papers stating that the film studio is the joint author and co-owner of the copyright of the film, Agence France-Presse reports.

Note to Warner Brothers lawyers — your copyright lawsuit threat is meaningless.  You cannot copyright general concepts.  A man who ages backwards is a concept.

Plus, it's not even your concept.  "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story.  And that story is in the public domain (which is why you can read it online for free).