Disney Sheds Writer's Copyright Suit Over 'Zootopia'

Law360, San Francisco (November 8, 2017, 4:57 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed a copyright feud over The Walt Disney Co.'s film "Zootopia,” nixing a screenwriter’s claims that the studio ripped off his television pitch and declining to let him amend them.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald found that the sequence of events in “Zootopia” and writer Gary Goldman’s work were insufficiently similar to proceed beyond the “extrinsic” portion of the “substantial similarity” test set in the Ninth Circuit's 2006 ruling in Funky Films Inc. v. Time Warner Entertainment Co. LP. Goldman is therefore not entitled to have a jury determine whether the works are intrinsically...

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