Shelby Estate Wins ‘Eleanor’ Ford Mustang Copyright Lawsuit

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“Eleanor”, a custom Mustang from the 2000 remake Gone in 60 seconds, has comfortably overshadowed the film’s actual popularity. Something about the gray 1967 GT500 seemed to work, making it an instant classic with many, many imitators. Go in 60 seconds HB creator Halicki’s widow Denice Shakarian Halicki has been against such a project, ever getting that far turn off individual builds in progress. One of the more high-profile “Eleanor” lawsuits involved Carroll Shelby, whose Shelby American was involved in building the original 1967 GT500 in which the modern “Eleanor” was built. The suit has, finally, been decided in favor of the Shelby Trust.

According to a press release from the Shelby Trust, Halicki’s case was based on the concept that “Eleanor” was a character in her own right, a character with certain traits reflected in several films that would make any building inspired by the car into a commercial copy of the character. The court disagreed, calling the characterization an “overzealous advocacy finding”. It concludes a story that has long transcended the legacy of the remake itself, a Nicolas Cage vehicle that complicated accounting practices are considered to have lost $212 million.

This greatly opened up the Shelby Trust’s freedom to license GT500 styled cars that resembled “Eleanor” builds. The Shelby Trust trustee, Neil Cummings, said the company “can finally inform all of our important licensees and Shelby GT 500 owners that Mrs Halicki has absolutely no right to complain or bring suit based on the appearance of any car licensed by the Shelby Trust.” eliminating long-standing legal problems.

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