Monday, April 1, 2013

UPDATE: Jury Likely to Hear Kung Fu Panda Kopyright Klaim

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In his 19-page Memorandum of Decision in Gordon v. DreamWorks SKG, Inc. et al (Case No. 1:11-10255-JLT), U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Judge Joseph L. Tauro denied the defendants' summary judgment motion to dismiss a copyright infringement suit filed by a Boston illustrator, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper reported today.

Artist Jayme Gordon sued the Glendale, Calif.-based studio behind the 2008 animated blockbuster Kung Fu Panda, alleging he had registered Kung Fu Panda Power illustrations with the U.S. Copyright Office eight years earlier (see "TUOL" post 2/18/11). His 28-page complaint included counts alleging copyright infringement, vicarious copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement.

Judge Tauro said a jury "must decide whether DreamWorks subsequently independently developed the film or whether Gordon's submissions influenced the process." Gordon claimed he submitted his work to DreamWorks before the film was produced. Also weighing against summary judgment, Judge Tauro found, was a question of fact regarding whether DreamWorks had access to Gordon's work before it green-lighted Kung Fu Panda.

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