Inexplicable why it took until today for this lawsuit to be filed in Manhattan federal court because it was a total “duh”. Here’s the backstory: the Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust holds the copyright to the short story by Cornell Woolrich which is the basis for the 1954 suspense classic Rear Window after Alfred Hitchcock and actor James Stewart obtained the movie rights. The lawsuit argues that Disturbia‘s maker DreamWorks, its parent company Viacom, Steven Spielberg and others should have done the same to avoid copyright infringement. (I’m told that 1998 TV remake of Rear Window, starring Christopher Reeve, obtained the Trust’s permission.)
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