Animated Film Similar to “Brave” Has Disney Threatening Legal Action

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Disney is threatening Brightspark Productions with legal action due to its movie titled “Braver” based on the title and packaging being too closely related to Disney’s animated film, “Brave”.  According to Brightspark, “Braver” was released initially in 2005 under the name, “A Fairy Tale Christmas” and the Brighton, England based company claims was for “families on a budget”.

“Brave”, voiced by stars such as Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson, was released this past Summer and has quickly gained blockbuster status for Disney.

‘People place great trust in the quality and creativity of Disney and, when  it appears that another company is causing confusion, we will act to protect  ourselves and the consumer,’ Walt Disney Company’s European senior vice-president Peter  Wiley said.

This is not the first time Brightspark has been on Disney’s radar for a similar legal issue.  Disney has also criticized Brightspark about the title change of Brightspark’s DVD formerly titled “Fairy Tales From Around the World” which has been changed to “Tangled Up” and has a similar cover to Disney’s “Tangled”.

On LoveFilm.com, an Amazon company, “Braver” is described as “A beautiful princess is kidnapped from the castle and her father the king. She must battle adversity and find the courage within to discover her true destiny.”

Brightspark disagrees with Disney’s assessment and states, “I very much doubt that anyone would confuse our production with the  wonderful work of Disney,” said Brightspark Production’s managing director Jeremy Davis.  “If we thought consumers would mistake our film for Brave, we would have  renamed it,” continues Davis.

Davis feels confident that this can be resolved easily stating that the two companies would hold talks to come to a “mutually acceptable solution”.

What do you think? Do you think based on the story, the two covers above and the title name change that these add up to Disney having a legal right to complain? Let me know below in the comments section.

 


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