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Spielberg's Disturbia Lawsuit Dismissed

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After being sued by a literary agent that owns the rights to Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, Steven Spielberg must have been relieved. The lawsuit claiming that his 2007 hit Disturbia was a rip-off of the short story was dismissed in court on Tuesday.

Judge Laura Taylor wrote the following in her ruling:

"The main plots are similar only at a high, unprotectable level of generality. Where 'Disturbia' is rife with sub-plots, the short story has none. The setting and mood of the short story are static and tense, whereas the setting and mood of 'Disturbia' are more dynamic and peppered with humor and teen romance."

The agent was suing Spielberg, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement.

Better luck next time!

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5 comments to “Spielberg's Disturbia Lawsuit Dismissed”

  1. 1

    I thought it WAS a remake.

  2. rsvp says – reply to this


    This judge was screwy. Everybody knows it's a ripoff. How can a story not be static when compared to a film? The concept is identical.

  3. 3

    Everyone though it was a remake, because it's the same god damn movie, done poorly as well. Basically the judge is saying it's a shit version and citing that as why it's not a ripoff, lol. Humor?? Teen Romance??(because it's teen romance it is supposedly far different from Middle aged romance, lol)

  4. 4

    I thought it WAS a REMAKE? Spielberg SUCKS! No ideas of his OWN!!!

  5. 5

    Seriously, this is so ridiculous. Most movies out there, are just remakes of older ones. I for one have no problem with that. We have made sooo many technological advances over the years why not put it to use?
    Spielberg has no ideas of his own!? are you kidding me, almost every movie has been inspired or used before. He is brilliant and "Disturbia" is one of my all time favorite movies. It is so incredible and just brilliant. It has more to it than "Rear Window" in my opinion. not knocking Hitchcock, he is a genius. It's just more modern and has incredible scenes.

    I understand all Hitchcock wanted was some recognition.. and it was wrong to just take it and spin it. It does happen though, all the time…