Spielberg’s Disturbia Lawsuit Dismissed


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!

Sep 22, 2010 6:40pm PST

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