Copyright Claim Lawsuit Against Pixar’s Inside Out Continues
Anger would be proud. A Canadian man’s copyright claim lawsuit against the Pixar film Inside Out will continue in Ontario.
Anger Over Inside Out!
A man who claims the Oscar-winning film “Inside Out” was a ripoff of his work can press his copyright lawsuit against some of his targets in Ontario, including Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures Inc., a judge has ruled.
Several other defendants — such as Walt Disney Company and Disney Enterprises — were ruled off-limits for lacking a substantial tie to the province.
In his lawsuit, Damon Pourshian, 39, of Toronto, says he was in high school in 1998 when he came up with the idea for a movie in which the protagonist’s organs become personified characters that guide him. He says he wrote the screenplay in 2000 as a film student at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., and oversaw production of a 14-minute film titled “Inside Out.” The film, Pourshian says, was screened widely at the college.
Down And Out About Inside Out
Strangely, this suit is not the first of its kind for Inside Out.
Two similar U.S. lawsuits over “Inside Out” have been unsuccessful. A child development expert claimed the film looked like a TV project she had pitched to Disney executives, while an author claimed the film was based on a book she had written.
Pourshian, contacted for comment in Canada, “refused to discuss the judgment, saying it was too soon.”