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Lions Gate Beats 'Cabin In The Woods' Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (September 14, 2015, 4:24 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge Friday tossed a suit claiming Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and others who made horror movie "The Cabin in the Woods" lifted the idea from a 2006 novel, ruling the only similarities between the two were unprotectable horror tropes.

Novelist Peter Gallagher sued Lions Gate, director Drew Goddard and producer Joss Whedon for copyright infringement April, claiming the surprise hit 2012 horror comedy flick borrowed heavily from his self-published book, “The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines.”

But on Friday, less than six months after the suit was filed, U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright ruled...

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April 13, 2015

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