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Tom Clancy’s widow expands challenge of rights ownership

March 25, 2019
FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2004 file photo, author Tom Clancy fields questions at the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Va. Clancy’s widow has expanded her challenge to the ownership of the novelist’s famous character Jack Ryan, now saying his estate is the exclusive owner of the rights to the character John Clark and several books. Alexandra Clancy originally sued in 2017, seeking to make her late husband’s estate the sole entity entitled to posthumous book deal profits. Those profits and profits involving other characters have been divided between the estate and companies that were owned by Tom Clancy, his ex-wife and children. (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tom Clancy’s widow says in a lawsuit that his estate is the exclusive owner not just of the novelist’s famous character Jack Ryan, but the rights to the character John Clark and several books.

Alexandra Clancy has expanded her original 2017 lawsuit against the personal representative of Clancy’s estate for allowing other entities to profit from posthumous book revenues.

Those profits and profits involving other characters have been divided between the estate and companies that were owned by Tom Clancy, his ex-wife and children.

Citing an amended complaint unsealed last week, The Daily Record reports Alexandra Clancy says the estate should be sole owner because Tom Clancy himself owned the rights. The defendants claim interests, saying those properties were represented as “works made for hire” for tax and liability reasons.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.thedailyrecord.com