Author Royce Mathew sued The Walt Disney Co. and related entities and individuals in Florida, claiming that the studio’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”
District court grants motion to dismiss children's author's copyright infringement lawsuit, holding that defendant Walt Disney's animated film
Tenth Circuit dismisses Stan Lee Media’s copyright infringement claim against Disney, finding that plaintiff was collaterally estopped from asserting
Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s grant of judgment on the pleadings in favor of defendants on copyright infringement claims finding, as a matter of law, no substantial similarity between protected elements of plaintiff’s works and the defendants’ “CARS” movies, and that plaintiff’s claim for breach of an implied contract was time-barred under California’s two-year statute of limitations.
District court grants defendant motion picture companies' motion for judgment on the pleadings and dismisses without leave to amend writer's claim for copyright infringement regarding "CARS" and "CARS 2", finding that defendants have sufficiently shown that the respective works are not substantially similar in their protectable elements as a matter of law.
In copyright infringement action against producers of the motion picture You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, court awards defendants $1,000 in attorney’s fees after considering plaintiff’s financial circumstances.
The district court grants Disney’s motion for summary judgment, dismissing Slesinger’s copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement claims relating to the Winnie the Pooh characters; the court also grants Disney’s motion for summary adjudication of Slesinger’s claims based on judicial estoppel.
Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of pro se plaintiff’s copyright infringement claim because plaintiff’s screenplay and defendants’ motion picture Finding Nemo are not substantially similar as a matter of law.
Plaintiff, a political commentator, wrote a treatment called Go November which he described as “the Animal House of politics,” about a modern presidential campaign involving a litany of “dirty tricks.”