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Old 12 December 2003   #1
Disney sued in France over Nemo

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"A French children's author is suing Disney, saying the international box-office hit Finding Nemo may have been lifted from his own work.

Writer Franck Le Calvez says many characters in the film look very much like those of a book he published last year, Pierrot the Clown Fish.

He is demanding a ban on any product imitating his Pierrot brand.
Disney insists Nemo was an original creation, and does not infringe any trademark or copyrights.

Mr Le Calvez says that he registered Pierrot the Clown Fish with France's copyrights body in 1995.

At the time he tried to approach French animation studios but his idea was turned down, he says.

In 2002 he financed the publication of 2,000 copies of the book himself.

Mr Le Calvez says Nemo - who is also a clown fish - appears to be based on Pierrot.

"We have also found the same supporting characters, such as a surgeon fish and a cleaner shrimp," his lawyer Pascal Kamina told AFP news agency.
"The similarities are sufficiently troubling for us to ask for an explanation from Disney."
If no answer is forthcoming, Mr Kamina says, his client will press ahead with his lawsuit in France.
Mr Kamina adds that many bookstores have refused to stock the Pierrot book, because of the interest generated by Nemo-related products.

Mr Le Calvez is suing both Disney, which is distributing Finding Nemo, and the animation studio that produced the film, Pixar.
Disney, in a statement quoted by Le Monde newspaper, denies any plagiarism."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertai...ilm/3347067.stm

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Old 12 December 2003   #2
What ever happened to the guy that was suing Pixar/Disney over Sulley and Mike? And what happened to Mr. Ray, the school teacher?
 
Old 12 December 2003   #3
Quote: Originally posted by Array
What ever happened to the guy that was suing Pixar/Disney over Sulley and Mike? And what happened to Mr. Ray, the school teacher?



Yeah, that guy "Ray" had a good point! Welp, I'm starting to see a patern... I dont know about you guys but I'm deffinitely sueing for "Incredibles", heh its gonna be good. Too good! Heh, oOh-right. j/k
 
Old 12 December 2003   #4
Lightbulb Reminds me of the saying...

"Small talents borrow, big talents steal"

 
Old 12 December 2003   #5
Would it be OT to wonder why he's suing Disney and not Pixar? Pixar authored the work, so if any plaigiarism went on it would be at that end.

Wish they had some images of his book.
 
Old 12 December 2003   #6
well yeah there is a resemblance. but its a regular clown fish with a few human like features for animation. anyone would have had the same thing.
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Old 12 December 2003   #7
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..Would it be OT to wonder why he's suing Disney and not Pixar? Pixar authored the work, so if any plaigiarism went on it would be at that end...


Dearmad:

there was this line in the news:

"Mr Le Calvez is suing both Disney, which is distributing Finding
Nemo, and the animation studio that produced the film, Pixar."

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Old 12 December 2003   #8
The idea for finding nemo came about before and during toy story
if I remember correctly (its in the dvd comentary at home). That
was around 1995/96 so he could probably make a case. But the
only people who know the truth are the guys who pitched the
idea in the first place.

Its all so messy this kind of stuff .
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Old 12 December 2003   #9
If anything, atleast he's got more justification than 'Mr. Ray'
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Old 12 December 2003   #10
Call me stupid but Copyrights wouldn't protect that Children's book author's characters. He would have needed to trademark them, in which I didn't see any notice of him doing so. So unless Pixar/Disney copied an exact image that he did, then he has no legal grounds to WIN this case.
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Old 12 December 2003   #11
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Ok stupid hehe sorry couldnt resist

That does make sense. I dont see how just because you made a
nice picture of a common animal you can expect no one else for the rest
of your life to change,improve adapt the image for their own taste. Its ridiculous.

I would like to see this book before making
any judgment to be honest. Whoops too late
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Old 12 December 2003   #12
Here ya go:

 
Old 12 December 2003   #13
OMG! They're both orange with white stripes!
 
Old 12 December 2003   #14
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OMG! They're both orange with white stripes!


humm I think whoever holds the patent for a regular clownfish should sue both of them because they both look like clownfish.
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Old 12 December 2003   #15
C'mon...that's clearly a picture of Marlin (note the two normal-sized fins). Nemo had one smaller fin (and one normal), so it's clearly not the same fish.
 
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