Disney & Pixar are once again being sued over their 2015 film Inside Out. They had already been recently sued by a Nevada women who had claimed that their film infringed on her book. Last year a complaint was followed by a child development expert who claims that the film was lifted from her children’s program. With that said, here is the latest lawsuit reported by TheWrap.
This one in particular has a Canadian man who is claiming that Inside Out infringes on his copyright for work that even has the same title and other similarities. The suit was filed in federal court in California by Damon Pourshian this past Monday. It says that Pourshian wrote a script titled Inside Out back in 1999 as part of a script writing class, which was then turned into a short film in 2000.
The suit mentions something interesting about the school that Pourshian attended and where the work was allegedly created, Sheridan College. It says that the school, “has sent large numbers of its graduates to work at Disney and Pixar and is considered a ‘feeder’ school for Disney and Pixar.”
“When Mr. Pourshian saw Disney/Pixar’s ‘Inside Out,’ he noticed striking similarities between his work and that of Disney/Pixar,” the suit reads. “Mr. Pourshian later learned of the many connections between his alma mater, Sheridan College, and both Disney and Pixar, including a number of students who were at Sheridan College at the time his short film was shown and went on to work on Disney/Pixar’s ‘Inside Out.’”
The suite also says that he is not the only one who noticed, “Indeed, he received unsolicited calls from old Sheridan classmates who were aware of Mr. Pourshian’s ‘Inside Out’ and immediately saw the striking similarities between the two works.”
TheWrap had reached out to Disney to talk about the lawsuit but have not received a response. What are your thoughts on this lawsuit? Just someone trying to make a buck? Or do they a legitimate argument? Let us know in the comment section below!
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