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If best-selling action thriller author Tom Clancy had written a book about a copyright battle over novels and characters he created, including his most well-known creation Jack Ryan, the cover blurb could have read: “Although Clancy witnessed Jack Ryan leaping from the pages of his books to the big screen, Clancy probably never imagined a non-fictional chapter featuring Jack Ryan in a bitter familial dispute with respect to Clancy’s estate.”
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