A US judge recently dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Disney for its animated award winning film “Zootopia”. “Zootopia” was released in March 2016 and is the fifth-highest-grossing animated film of all time.
The copyright infringement lawsuit was brought against Disney by American film producer, director and animator Gary Goldman. Gary who has over 30 years of experience of writing, directing and producing movies believed Disney took ideas that he had previously pitched to Disney for the film. He stated that the name of the film, plot, characters, setting and artwork were all similar to his original ideas discussed with Disney on two occasions.
The US judge dismissed the case as he said that Goldman did not present enough evidence of copyright infringement. Whilst the court found that there were indeed similarities between Goldman and Disney’s characters the judge concluded that the differences outweighted the similarities and that the animation style was very different.