Disney & Fox Win 'Percy Jackson' Copyright Case Dismissal Again

Percy Jackson has won the day for his publisher, studios and author one more time. Reaffirming a previous judge’s opinion, a three-judge panel ruled Thursday in New York that Rick Riordan’s bestselling fantasy franchise is not a ripoff of other writers’ work. “By comparing the protectable elements of the parties’ works, with an eye toward the ‘total concept and overall feel,’ the district court properly determined that the two sets of books are not substantially similar as a matter of law,” the Second Circuit panel said in a summary order (read it here). Last year, Disney and 20th Century Fox successfully sought to have dismissed a 2010 copyright suit against Riordan and their companies by authors Robyn and Tony DiTocco. Disney-Hyperion is the publishers of the Percy Jackson books, and Fox distributed the 2010 Chris Columbus-directed Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.  A sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, is scheduled to come out on August 16, 2013. (more…)

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