Disney Accused Of Swiping "Santa Paws" Movie Idea

Law360, New York (December 21, 2011, 10:16 PM EST) -- Disney Enterprises Inc. and others on Tuesday were targeted in a copyright infringement suit in a Missouri federal court by three men alleging the defendants ripped off their idea for a children's holiday movie about a dog named Santa Paws.

Richard Kearney, Ray Harter Jr. and Ed Corno claim Disney and the other defendants made the films "Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws" and "The Search for Santa Paws" by lifting from the plaintiffs' copyrighted story about the dog without permission.

The suit also targets film distributor Buena Vista Home Entertainment Inc., producer Key Pix Productions Inc., talent agency William...

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