Shelby Property Wins ‘Eleanor’ Ford Mustang Copyright Lawsuit

“Eleanor,” the customized Mustang from the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, has comfortably overshadowed the recognition of the particular film. One thing in regards to the grey 1967 GT500 appears to work, making it an on the spot traditional with many, many imitators. Gone in 60 Seconds creator H. B. Halicki’s widow Denice Shakarian Halicki has fought such tasks, as soon as going so far as to shut down individual builds in progress. One of many extra well-known “Eleanor” lawsuits concerned Carroll Shelby, whose Shelby American was concerned in creating the unique 1967 GT500s that the trendy “Eleanor” was constructed round. That lawsuit, lastly, has been determined within the Shelby Belief’s favor.

In response to a press release from the Shelby Trust, Halicki’s case was based mostly across the idea that “Eleanor” was a personality in its personal proper, one with outlined traits mirrored throughout a number of films that may make any construct impressed by the automotive a industrial copy of the character. The courts disagreed, calling these characterizations “an invention of overzealous advocacy.” It ends a saga that has prolonged long gone the legacy of the remake itself, a Nicolas Cage car that by sophisticated accounting practices is considered to have lost $212 million.

This drastically opens up the Shelby Belief’s freedom to license GT500-style vehicles resembling the “Eleanor” construct. Shelby Belief trustee Neil Cummings says the corporate “can lastly inform all our essential licensees and Shelby GT 500 homeowners that Mrs. Halicki has completely no proper to complain about or file a lawsuit based mostly upon the appears of any automotive licensed by the Shelby Belief,” eliminating a longstanding authorized concern.

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