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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 courts could change the way Movies and TV are done for the foreseeable future.

Which makes this news item curious:

On Friday, The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures and Blue Sky Studios fired heavy legal artillery at a proposed class action lawsuit that aims to punish the studios for allegedly conspiring to deny workers in the visual effects community better work opportunities. The defendants are demanding a dismissal on new antitrust claims as coming too late and being bereft of necessary factual support.

Hologram USA Sues Fox Over Homer Simpson 3D Presentation at Comic-Con

According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, Hologram USA has just filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox over a violation of their patents in exhibiting a 3D representation of The Simpsons’ Homer during their panel at the last Comic-Con. You can check out footage of the panel below:

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.

Disney Takes Phase 4 to Court Over Frozen Land

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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 Land,” which is basically just one of the studio’s previous films titled The Legend of Sarila, with the title, packaging, and logo changed.

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

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 screening hosted by the Weinsteins.

The $50 million lawsuit against the Weinsteins were originally filed on the eve of the 2011 Oscars, claiming that the Weinsteins were “two out of control movie executives…who sabotaged what should have been a highly profitable movie through a potent combination of hubris, incompetence, profligate spending and contempt for contractual obligations.” In their defense, the Weinstein Co. claimed that Leech and Inferfeld were “vindictive Hollywood talent.”

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