U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan ruled on Monday to dismiss Christian Charles’ suit on grounds that it exceeded the three-year statute of limitations for civil copyright suits.
“Because Charles was on notice that his ownership claim had been repudiated since at least 2012, his infringement claim is time-barred. His joint authorship claim is also time-barred for the same reasons,” Nathan wrote in the filing obtained by TheWrap.
According to Charles’ complaint, the idea for “Comedians in Cars” originally came about during a collaboration he had with Seinfeld in the early 2000s. Charles says that he pitched Seinfeld an idea for a show about two friends “talking and driving,” years ago, but that Seinfeld declined it at the time. Then,