‘Inside Out’ Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed by Court of Appeals

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'Inside Out' Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed by Court of Appeals

‘Inside Out’ Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed by Court of Appeals. On Monday, August 3rd, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a copyright lawsuit between Disney-Pixar and Denise Daniels. Daniels files the suit two years after the release of Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out“, claiming she had pitched a television idea featuring the 5-emotions, represented as happiness, sadness, anger, love and fear, called “The Moodsters.” The claimant stated that she pitched the idea to several Disney Executives between 2005-2009 and after being rejected by the studio, Disney-Pixar began development of “Inside Out” in 2010, which featured the 5-emotions/characters Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust.

'Inside Out' Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed by Court of Appeals

The ruling on Monday dismissed the case after no “distinctive” representation was given and the 3-judge panel concluded that Daniels could not copyright emotions, colors, or any combinations of the two. Judge Margaret McKeown shared in the ruling, “Developing a character as an anthropomorphized version of a specific emotion is not sufficient, in itself, to establish a copyrightable character,” McKeown continued. ““Daniels cannot copyright the idea of colors or emotions, nor can she copyright the idea of using colors to represent emotions where these ideas are embodied in a character without sufficient delineation and distinctiveness.”

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Source: Variety

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