Toy Co. Says Copyright Law Preempts Toon Ripoff Claim

By Brandon Lowrey (March 19, 2015, 7:25 PM EDT) -- Canadian toy company Spin Master Ltd. urged a California federal judge Thursday to trim a toymaker's suit alleging it and Viacom Inc. ripped off his idea for a team of talking rescue dogs with their "PAW Patrol" cartoon, saying federal copyright law preempts his Florida misappropriation of idea claim.

During a hearing in Los Angeles, Spin Master attorney Bobby Ghajar of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP said plaintiff Richard Postman's Florida claim, because it relies on allegations that Postman's copyright was violated, should be tossed. He also called the claim an attempt to salvage a previously dismissed California breach of implied...

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