In a decision released February 19, 2015, a federal judge in New Jersey dismissed the lawsuit alleging that Disney’s Frozen violated the copyright in “Yearnings of the Heart,” a book the author, Amy Gonzalez (who wrote under the pen name of Isabella Tanikumi), described as being her “life story.” As previously noted, Disney moved to dismiss the [...]
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To no one’s surprise, Disney responded to the Frozen copyright lawsuit by asking it to be dismissed. To recap, in September, Amy Gonzalez, (who writes under the pen name of Isabella Tanikumi, or TaniKumi, she isn’t consistent in the capitalization) filed a lawsuit alleging Disney’s movie “Frozen” plagiarized her book which currently goes by the [...]
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (the subsidiary that operates the Theme Parks) just filed its short (nine pages) brief opposing the DAS plaintiffs‘ attempt to add an additional 69 plaintiffs and expand the original complaint to one that, combined, exceeds 500 pages and 2,000 separate paragraphs. While we generally like to think of Disney as [...]
Disney’s response to the lawsuit alleging Disney’s Disability Access Service (DAS) discriminates against individuals who have some degree of cognitive impairments essentially asserts that the lawsuit has no merit and should be dismissed. But to be honest, the response is mostly boring, though that isn’t a bad thing, legally.
Yet another lawsuit involving Disney has made its way through the court system. Last week, a Southern California jury ruled that while Disneyland had been negligent in evacuating Splash Mountain after a ride vehicle became stuck, a guest’s back injuries had not been caused by this negligence.
After months of Facebook chatter, a group of parents and guardians have filed a lawsuit alleging Disney’s Disability Access Service (DAS) discriminates against individuals who have some degree of cognitive impairments. The lawsuit was filed in California on April 3, 2014. The complaint is 176 pages and includes over 640 paragraphs alleging that Disneyland and Walt [...]
Seizing on the popularity of the Disney Movie Frozen, Phase 4 Films renamed its movie, The Legend of Sarila to be Frozen Land. Disney Enterprises (which owns Walt Disney’s intellectual property) promptly sued Phase 4 Films for violating its trademark in the Frozen logo.
Disney has long recognized the key role photographs play in attracting guests to the Walt Disney World Resort. For years, Kodak was a key sponsor and Disney guide maps designated “photo spots” which, according to my 1989 guide map, indicate “prime photo-taking locations.” Some “photo spots” include representations of Disney’s copyrighted and trademarked characters. So [...]
It’s been a bad week for folks wanting to ride Segways in Disneyland. On July 17, 2013, a federal judge held that the plaintiff, Tina Baughman, was not entitled to the $124,000 in attorney fee bill she wanted Disney to pay. The next day, the California Court of Appeals ruled that Disneyland’s safety based ban [...]
This morning (April 15, 2013), the United States Supreme Court ended attempts to force Walt Disney World to permit Segways in the theme parks. Without comment, the Court issued a one line order (page 3, third entry) declining to review the Court of Appeals decision upholding Disney’s safety-based ban on Segways.