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Shelby Property Wins ‘Eleanor’ Ford Mustang Copyright Lawsuit




A custom Mustang from the 2000 remake of “Eleanor.” Gone in 60 seconds, has comfortably eclipsed the popularity of the actual movie. Something about the gray 1967 GT500 seems to work, making it an instant classic with many, many imitators. Gone in 60 seconds Denise Shakarian Helicki, widow of creator HB Helicki, has fought such projects, at one time Close individual builds in progress. One of the more famous “Eleanor” lawsuits involved Carroll Shelby, whose Shelby American was involved in creating the original 1967 GT500s around which the modern “Eleanor” was built. That lawsuit, eventually, was decided in favor of the Shelby Trust.

Accordingly Press release from Shelby Trust, Hellicky’s case was based around the concept that “Eleanor” was a character in its own right, one with defining characteristics reflected in multiple films that would make any build inspired by the car a commercial copy of the character. Courts disagreed, calling those characters “a pursuit of overzealous advocacy”. It ends a saga that has long spanned the legacy of the remake, a Nicolas Cage vehicle through complicated accounting practices. $212 million is believed to have been lost.

This greatly opened up the Shelby Trust’s freedom to license GT500-style cars resembling the “Eleanor” build. Shelby Trust Trustee Neil Cummings says the company can “finally tell all of our key licensees and Shelby GT500 owners that Ms. Hallicky has no right to complain or file a lawsuit based on the appearance of any car licensed by Shelby Trust,” in a long-running legal dispute. Relieve anxiety.

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