June 11, 2012
- 99 Copyrights and Intellectual Property
- 99I Copyrights
- 99I(J) Infringement
- 99I(J)1 What Constitutes Infringement
- 99k67.1 k. Motion Pictures and Other Audiovisual Works.
No substantial similarity existed between motion picture produced by plaintiff and one produced by defendant; although both films involved unknown alien arriving on earth, alien characters in both motion pictures were portrayed differently, aliens’ relationships with lead protagonists in each film was dissimilar, settings of two films was not substantially similar, aliens’ disposition toward earth people differed dramatically in both films, and spaceship which rescued aliens from earth in each film was not substantially similar.
Wavelength Film Co. v. Columbia Pictures Indus., Inc., 631 F. Supp. 305 (N.D. Ill. 1986)