The Walt Disney Studios have asked a federal judge to block a bankruptcy court ruling that would allow the sale of patents related to 3-D movies. Disney is fearful that a decision could mean that it will not have the ability to convert 2D movies 3D without fear of being sued.
Disney’s rights to use the technology to convert traditional films into three-dimensional movies will be harmed, the company said in its appeal in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware. The dispute involves the company left in bankruptcy by the failure of Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the provider of special effects for the movies “Transformers” and “Titanic.” That company, known as DDMG Estate, held an auction for the patents last month.
Disney claims it has the right to use the technology because of agreements it signed with the original patent holder. Those agreements are related to movies including “Alice in Wonderland.”, G-Force and Tron Legacy. Disney is asking the federal district court to hold a telephone hearing so it can try to persuade a judge to temporarily prevent Digitial Domain Media Group Inc. from closing the sale.
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