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Walt Disney Productions v. Filmation Associates
United States District Court for the Central District of California
628 F. Supp. 871 (1986)
Walt Disney Productions (Disney) (plaintiff) produced animated films called Disney Classics. Among these movies were Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, and The Jungle Book, which were based on preexisting works in the public domain. Disney owned the copyrights to the drawings and designs of characters in the movies Disney created. Filmation Associates (Filmation) (defendant) started to produce its own animated movie series called the New Classics Collection. Before the movies were completed, Filmation used several physical story models and designs. Disney sued Filmation for copyright infringement, alleging that Filmation’s models and designs constituted copies of Disney’s copyrighted material. Filmation moved for summary judgment, arguing that the story models and designs were unfinished and undistributed and therefore could not infringe Disney’s copyrights.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stotler, J.)
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