Copyright

by Mike Masnick


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copies, ideas, kung fu panda



Guy Who Claims To Have Come Up With Kung Fu Panda Loses In Court

from the too-bad,-so-sad dept

With pretty much every super successful book, movie or TV show, someone pops up out of the woodwork to claim that it was really "their" idea, and they deserve some ridiculously large cut of the revenue. In the case of the movie Kung Fu Panda, we've already seen at least two different people claim credit. The first one has gone to trial... and lost. The jury actually found that Dreamworks had entered into an "implied" contract with writer Terrence Dunn... but then also found that they didn't actually use any of his ideas, so it didn't matter. These kinds of lawsuits really are nuisance suits, but rather than go back to obscurity, Dunn has already announced plans to appeal.

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    Anonymous Poster, 27 Jul 2011 @ 5:44am

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    if I were Dreamworks I would never listen to a guy who came pitching ideas from the outside. Once he's given you his idea you're sort of stuck. If you use it then you really ought to pay him (and if you don't then you risk the inconvenience and possible bad publicity of a court case).

    This is exactly why entertainment companies do their best to discourage people from sending them content ideas -- they open themselves up for a lawsuit or three if they accept an idea, toss it, then come up with a similar idea somewhere down the road.

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