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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