|Nick Wilde, Ace Attorney by Quirky-Middle-Child, commissioned by Berserker88
(We’ll need to commission more art of this crossover if this lawsuit drags on any longer…)
In a turn of events that surprises nobody, Disney has filed an official motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Gary Goldman claiming that Disney violated his copyright to create Zootopia.
That said, we fully agree with Disney’s opening statement in their 31-page motion to dismiss that they filed with the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
“This Court previously dismissed Plaintiff’s initial complaint and concluded that by choosing not to attach the allegedly infringed Looney materials, Plaintiff “actively obfuscated the details of the infringement.” As the court observed, Plaintiff’s failutre to attach the Looney materials to its initial complaint, or to include any clear summary of them, indicated that doing so “would have been detrimental to its claims.” Now that the Looney materials have finally emerged with Plaintiff’s amended complaint, the Court’s observations are confirmed: the additional descriptions and context provided by those materials show Looney and Zootopia bear no similarity, let alone substantial similarity required to state a aim for copyright infringement. Every finding and holding in the Court’s previously existing prior 20-page opinion and order should be conclusively affirmed.”
Hopefully this will finally be the end of this whole debacle. Knowing how stubborn Goldman seems to be, though, I’m betting we will get at least one or two more articles out of this. And maybe a few more laughs.
Remember kids: Don’t be a Goldman. Trying to take credit for other people’s art and reap the benefits for yourself, be it a sketch on Deviantart or a billion-dollar box-office hit, is never okay. So don’t do it. Or else you’ll be a Goldman.
For those of you who want to catch up with the entire Goldman Lawsuit Saga, follow this link and you’ll find the articles in order from most recent to oldest. And for those who want to read Disney’s full dismissal, you can find that here or after the break.