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Chinese Courts: Mecard doesn’t violate Bakugan patents, but Sky Warrior does

In what Choirock is calling a “complete victory,” the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court in China has dismissed a patent infringement case against Mecard. Bakugan maker Spin Master filed a lawsuit in 2016, alleging the Mecard toyline violated technology it developed. Spin Master appealed the decision, but the Chinese court upheld the verdict last month and the case is now closed. ...

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Alpha Group, Spin Master settle Bakugan patent case

Last year, Canadian toy and media company Spin Master filed a lawsuit against the US division of Chinese toyco Alpha Group. The PAW Patrol creators alleged that Alpha’s Screechers Wild line of toys infringed on Spin Master’s Bakugan patents. The issue stems from the transformation mechanic.Earlier this, the companies announced a settlement. Alpha Group has agreed to no longer sell ...

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Disney Being Sued Over CG Technology Used in GotG, Beauty and the Beast

Some may call it digital karma, but the normally lawsuit-happy entertainment giants Disney and Marvel are currently saddled with a lawsuit alleging that they have infringed the intellectual property of the Oscar-winning motion picture tech company MOVA Contour Reality Capture, in relation to the allegedly stolen technology used to make two of their most recent blockbuster pictures—Guardians of ...

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Disney/Pixar Accused of Stealing Inside Out Concept

According to a recent report by Cartoonbrew, Disney and Pixar are currently facing a lawsuit from experienced child development specialist Denise Daniels, with the lawsuit alleging that the massively successful CG film Inside Out was based at least in part on her project titled “The Moodsters.” The Moodsters project features five main characters that represent various emotions: happiness ...

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The Animation Anti-Trust Lawsuit now can go forward, which is big news for the Plaintiffs.

Last time in this drama, Sony settled out of court with the Plaintiffs, while aspects of the emails that Pixar’s departments to its lawyers could not be used. Then, as Comcast bought out Dreamworks Animation – they also settled out of court, and it was mentioned that the case could move forward if only Disney and Pixar/Lucas Arts were involved. Now the Hollywood Reporter can report ...

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Remember the Wage-Fixing Conspiracy Lawsuit? It looks like The Disney Board Knew all of it…

From Cartoon Brew: On September 29, 2015, Disney stockholder Eugene F. Towers filed a lawsuit against key Disney executives, including Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman, Walt Disney Animation Studios president Ed Catmull, and Disney COO Thomas Staggs, as well as individual members of the company’s board of directors (pictured above), including chairman and CEO Robert Iger, Twitter ...

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Sony, Dreamworks and Disney: “Lawsuits are Not Going to Work”

Note: There will be two articles coming that will showcase a bit more about what is going on in the VFX world – and give you the whole view on why their are so many problems ahead for VFX and Motion Capture as a whole. The recent expose concerning the techopolis scandal in animation has built up a firestorm in the VFX and animation world. That being said, the lawsuit that is in play in the ...

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Seth MacFarlane Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Ted Film

According to a recent Variety report, Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, and Seth MacFarlane are currently being sued for allegedly infringing the copyrights of Bengal Mangle Productions’ web series Charlie the Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy, citing that MacFarlane’s CG animated bear Ted bear similarities to Charlie, with regard to appearance and behavior. ...

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Disney Takes Phase 4 to Court Over Frozen Land

Over the past few years, the number of animated features that take advantage of consumers’ familiarity with popular titles from Disney and Dreamworks has risen, and it seems like the House of Mouse has finally had enough. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Phase 4 Films, which has recently released a movie called “Frozen ...

Johnny Test Tries to Set a World Record
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David Straiton Suing Johnny Test Co-Creator for Fraud and Accounting

For a little while, Johnny Test has had a second life as the Cartoon Network’s other go to show (the main one being Ben 10, Now in the Ommiverse series). But David Straiton, a successful Live action TV writer, soon to direct in the new ABC S.H.I.E.L.D. (the second episode), is now suing both Scott Fellows and Jack Mackie Media, for fraud, and Accounting malfeasance. ...

Update on the Escape from Planet Earth Debacle: Possible Settlement
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Update on the Escape from Planet Earth Debacle: Possible Settlement

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the case of writer-director Tony Leech and producer Brian Inerfield against the Weinstein company over the studio’s handling (or alleged mishandling) of the CG-animated movie Escape from Planet Earth seems to be moving slightly towards settlement, with the writer-director and producer being invited to see the latest version of the movie at a private ...

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