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DreamWorks Sued For Stealing “Madagascar”

May 29, 2008 Comments off

Um, The Movie, Not The Country

In a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by a professional South Florida illustrator, Joseph Davis, the artist alleges he sketched characters and wrote a story in 1999 and later sent it to DreamWorks for consideration, after being introduced to an executive from the company by his aunt. Now watch Hollywood corrupt the case in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

It appears, as in the Missy Chase Lapine case, they gave him the standard industry rejection bit, waited a little, then shortly after, used his work without permission.

Missy Chase Lapine’s work was ripped off by Jessica Seinfeld

It also sounds like what happened with the Finding Nemo infringement case. The author, Frank Le Calvez, submitted the copyrighted work for consideration to the Hollywood studio, received a rejection letter, and once again, shortly after, they used his work without permission or payment.

Therefore, Joseph Davis is not the first person this has happened to. Quite a few copyright infringement lawsuits have been born in this manner.

1995′s “Pierrot Le Poisson Clown” 2003′s “Finding Nemo” rip off

For years I have warned people via my sites not to send Hollywood studios or music industry labels anything through the mail. They’ll simply open it and if they like it, change the title of the work and a few other minor details, in vain attempts at masking the infringement, then take full credit and royalties for it.

This is known as willful criminal copyright infringement and it is thoroughly illegal. But they don’t care about the law. It’s an industry of thieves.

If you are adamant about sending your work in for consideration, get a lawyer to present it. It’s not a guarantee your work won’t be infringed, but it improves your chances of it not happening.

South Florida: Illustrator files lawsuit against DreamWorks

May 16, 2008 – A professional illustrator from South Florida who says he created a story about animals who escape from New York City’s Central Park Zoo has sued Dreamworks Animation SKG, claiming the studio’s 2005 film Madagascar amounts to copyright infringement.

In his lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court, Joseph Davis of Boca Raton said he used his signature style of animation in 1999 to illustrate his Animals Night Out story about four zoo animals who undergo “a series of misadventures” in New York.

Davis’ aunt introduced him to a Dreamworks executive, who after receiving the original version of his story, indicated the Glendale, Calif., studio was not interested in a business relationship with Davis, according to the lawsuit.

Six years later, the animated children’s film Madagascar premiered in theaters.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com

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Short Circuit 3 vs. Wall-E

April 22, 2008 Comments off

Johnny 5 from 1986 (left) Wall-E from 2008 (right)

Probably realizing Disney’s Pixar has dishonorably ripped them off with their forthcoming Wall-E movie, the maker’s of the 1980′s film series “Short Circuit” are doing another sequel to their film franchise that grossed almost $70,000,000 at the box office two decades ago.

Johnny 5 (above) and Wall-E have the same head, neck, robotic claws, square trunk and turbine rolling blade legs.

The director of “Wall-E” Andrew Stanton has ripped off other people’s copyrighted works before, as illustrated below (Nemo), and merely shaved several inches off 1985′s “Johnny 5″ and renamed him Wall-E.

After my previous April 18, 2008 “Wall-E” article “More Proof Hollywood Is Running Out Of Ideas” I realized the director is the same man who was sued for stealing “Finding Nemo.”

“Wall-E” and “Finding Nemo” director Andrew Stanton could do with finding some creativity

It dawned on me when reading Andrew Stanton’s IMDB page that he is the same thief that stole Nemo from French author Frank Le Calvez.

Frank Le Calvez authored and copyrighted a children’s book titled “Pierrot Le Poisson Clown (Pierrot The Clown Fish)” 8 YEARS before “Finding Nemo” was ever made. These books were sold in France.

Andrew Stanton saw the man’s book, ripped it off, and made millions from breaking the law. Disney exerted undue influence in court and corrupted the legal case.

SIMILARITIES

1.) The two fish look a lot alike, almost identical

2.) Both works are children’s fiction

3.) Both bear similar storylines

4. Both stories start out the same

5.) The names of both fish sound the same. In French you drop the letter “t” from “Pierrot” as it is silent, so both fish have the “ow” sound at the end of their names and the “e” sound after the first letter. Spoken it sounds alike, “pe-row” and “ne-mow” (the “ow” sounds like you’re saying the word “mow”).

6.) Le Calvez’s books were copyrighted from 1995, Disney steals them 8 YEARS LATER.

7.) Once again, don’t the two fish look alike, only one’s 8 YEARS OLDER than the other and the background scenery is very similar as well:

1995′s “Pierrot Le Poisson Clown” 2003′s “Finding Nemo”

What a dirty, dishonorable thing to do, especially coming from a so-called family company, Disney, who’s been sued many times for doing this to different writers. It doesn’t look good that so many of your works are stolen. It makes you look very bad.

They also stole “Pirates Of The Caribbean” from a Florida writer, Royce Matthew, who had copyrighted it almost 20 YEARS BEFORE.

Royce Matthew worked in Hollywood building sets for years, while aspiring to be a filmmaker. He worked on the indie film in his spare time and Jerry Bruckheimer ripped it off 20 YEARS AFTER IT WAS COPYRIGHTED.

Royce Matthew, much like Le Calvez, made the mistake of shopping his work around to different Hollywood film studios, which are filled with thieves and criminals (ditto for the record labels as well).

As I have written on this site before, do not send them anything in the mail. They will steal it, erase your name from it and pass it off as their own, in violation of numerous U.S. and U.N. laws.

People have won Oscars in Hollywood for films they stole (See book “Hit And Run” for story of two Hollywood execs that nearly destroyed Sony Pictures through fraud, theft and wasteful spending). Criminal conduct is rewarded in that town.

However, coupled with things like raping women, beating up and peeing on prostitutes, molesting underage youth, shooting people, the Anthony Pellicano trial with all its sick conduct, and separately my human rights abuse case read by millions, it makes Hollywood look like a modern day Sodom And Gomorrah. Who am I kidding, you’re not like Sodom and Gomorrah, you’re worse…and if God punished them…

Author claims ‘Finding Nemo’ plagiarism
Striking similarity between the two fish stories

By Shiraz Sidhva
Hollywood Reporter
updated 12:21 p.m. ET, Tues., Dec. 30, 2003

PARIS – A French children’s author has sued Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios, claiming the cartoon fish they catapulted to fame in the worldwide blockbuster “Finding Nemo” was plagiarized from his 1995 creation Pierrot Le Poisson Clown.

Pascal Kamina, a copyrights lawyer representing the author, Franck Le Calvez, confirmed in a telephone interview Monday that the case — claiming damages for breach of copyright and trademark and demanding that they withdraw “Nemo” books and merchandise from French shops — will come up for hearing in a French court Feb. 17.

Le Calvez, a 33-year-old aquarium buff, said in an interview Monday that he registered Pierrot as a trademark with France’s industrial protection and copyrights body in 1995. An aspiring filmmaker, Le Calvez said he then did the rounds of French production companies and animation studios, hoping they would fall for the lovable tropical fish with white stripes and large orange bulging eyes. But he was turned down, and the little fish languished in a folder until 2000, when Le Calvez decided to make Pierrot the hero of an illustrated children’s book.

Registering the screenplay with the French Society of Authors in June 2002, Le Calvez paid nearly $71,000 to publish 2,000 copies of the book in November 2002. Illustrated by Robin Delpuech and Thierry Jagodzinski, “Pierrot Le Poisson Clown” was published by France’s Editions Flaven Scene, and the entire print run was sold in a month.

Agreeing that the uncanny resemblance between Pierrot and Nemo could be coincidental (clown fish, Amphiprion ocellaris, do look alike in nature), Le Calvez said he realized something was fishy only after French bookstore chain FNAC removed copies of his book from their shelves, claiming that it was too similar to Disney’s version.

“What’s really upsetting is that quite a few bookstores won’t sell my book because they think that I have plagiarized ‘Nemo,”’ the author said in an interview Monday. “The two fish look very similar, but it doesn’t end there.”

Like Nemo, Pierrot lives in a pink sea anemone and starts life half-orphaned because one parent was swallowed up by Liona, the scorpion fish. “The beginning of the story is the same, even if the scenarios then become different,” Le Calvez said.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com

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More Proof Hollywood Is Running Out Of Ideas – Wall.E

April 19, 2008 Comments off

May I Present To You: “Wall-E”

Hollywood is really running out of ideas. When I was a kid, I loved the movie series “Short Circuit.” It was about a robot, Johnny 5, who was struck by lightening, then started behaving like a kind, benevolent human being.

Side bar: dear God, maybe if you struck Madonna with lightening, then maybe she’ll start behaving like a human being instead of a brutish beast harassing and robbing people.

But I digress. Disney Pictures, the folks that ripped of “Finding Nemo” from French author, Franck Le Calvez, and “Pirates of the Caribbean” from Orlando, Florida writer, Royce Matthew, are at it again with their forthcoming film “Wall-E” who looks just like “Johnny 5″ from the 1980′s movie mentioned above and the storyline is similar as well.

However, the film is not a remake, pointing to the blatant theft of copyright. The director of Wall E admitted he did see the preexisting film “Short Circuit” and “may have been influenced by it.” May have? Um, I’d say you ripped it off.

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