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Disney Hit With A Copyright Infringement Suit For “Frozen”

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Jan 6, 2015 8:21:00 AM

How similar is "similar" in a copyright infringement suit?

Frozen has very quickly captured the hearts of young children and adults all over the world.  It seems that every child, girl or boy knows the words to every song, and because of this, most parents have most likely seen the video at least once.  In addition to its popularity, this fan favorite animated movie has meant big business for Disney.  It could be Disney’s biggest film ever grossing $1.22 billion as of May of 2014, winning an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and hosting the biggest selling soundtrack in the U.K. since Mamma Mia!  But could it be that the Frozen trailer is actually a copy of another animated film?  For animator Kerry Wilson, the trailer for Frozen is a copy of her 2-D animated short, The Snowman.  Wilson is so certain of this that she has filed a copyright infringement suit for infringement against Disney.

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Topics: Intellectual Property, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Law, copyright lawyers

Youtube Advertising and Copyright Infringement

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Jan 5, 2015 8:09:14 AM

Can advertising on Youtube lead to copyright infringement?

YouTube, the ubiquitous video-sharing website now owned by Google, has become a launching ground for individuals and businesses seeking to increase their recognition.  Many international businesses have used the site as an inexpensive means of international marketing.  An effective YouTube channel or video can reach potential customers across the globe at a fraction of the cost of traditional advertising.  Red Bull’s YouTube channel is a great example of an effective use of YouTube.  However, many small businesses use the site as well, and when they do, they place themselves at risk of being sued if certain precautions aren’t taken.  Unfortunately, without in-house legal teams overseeing their every move, small businesses are at higher risk than large corporations.

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Topics: Intellectual Property, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Law, copyright lawyers, intellectual property law

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