Disney Can't Nix 'Frozen' Trailer Copyright Suit

Law360, San Francisco (April 9, 2015, 5:58 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge said Thursday that he'll likely put a copyright lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. over a trailer for the smash hit "Frozen" to a jury, saying he can't rule as a matter of law that Disney didn't have access to the animated short it allegedly copied.

U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria said in a hearing he wasn't inclined to grant summary judgment to Disney or to plaintiff Kelly Wilson, who claims a sequence in the "Frozen" trailer featuring Olaf the Snowman character ripped off her short film "The Snowman." Judge Chhabria said he didn't think he...

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