Kung Fu Panda” lawsuit strikes out at DreamWorks

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"Kung Fu Panda" lawsuit strikes out at DreamWorks

Kung Fu Panda” law­suit strikes out at DreamWorks

Another law­suit again has been filed against Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion over the 2008 hit flick Kung Fu Panda, this time by a Boston illustrator.

Jayme Gor­don filed a fed­eral copy­right infringe­ment law­suit Wednes­day against DWA, charg­ing that the pudgy panda and his group of fight­ers were taken from “Kung Fu Panda Power,” a series of sketches and draw­ings that he cre­ated in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Gor­don demands unspec­i­fied prof­its and statu­tory dam­ages, along with an acknowl­edg­ment of author­ship on both Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 , slated for release May 26.

Char­ac­ters fea­tured in the Kung Fu Panda film and Secrets of the Furi­ous Five [a spin­off direct-to-video short) are unlaw­ful copies of, deriv­a­tive works of, and sub­stan­tially sim­i­lar, even strik­ingly sim­i­lar to, the char­ac­ters in Gordon’s ‘Kung Fu Panda Power Work,’” said the law­suit, which was filed in United States Dis­trict Court in Massachusetts.

Gor­don, who is rep­re­sented by Fish & Richard­son and Duane Mor­ris, named dis­trib­u­tor Para­mount and Glen­dale, California-based DWA in his 28-page com­plaint. He said that his illus­tra­tions — some of which appeared in his claim — were reg­is­tered with the United States Copy­right Office in 2000.

He charged that in the late 1980s or early 1990s, he sub­mit­ted mul­ti­ple pack­ages to The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany con­tain­ing orig­i­nal illus­tra­tions and sto­ries, includ­ing parts of “Kung Fu Panda Power.”

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