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Lawsuit Over Disney Pixar ‘Cars’ Franchise Dismissed

3 August 2011 No Comment

The lawsuit against Disney Pixar regarding Cars that we previously told you about has been dismissed by U.S. District Court judge in California.

Jake Mandeville-Anthony, a British screenwriter, had filed the lawsuit last spring, alleging that Pixar had infringed on his copyright by stealing the idea for the Cars franchise from him.  In the lawsuit, Mandeville-Anthony stated that he sent copies of his work, created twenty years ago, to Disney, and he met with a Lucasfilm executive who would later become a manager with Pixar. 

However, after reviewing the case’s facts, Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank determined that there was no copyright infringement, and dismissed the suit with prejudice - a distinction which bars Mr. Mandeville-Anthony from ever having the case go to a jury trial, or from its being refiled.  “Defendants have sufficiently shown that the Parties’ respective works are not substantially similar in their protectable elements as a matter of law,” wrote the judge in her ruling.

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