‘Kung Fu Panda’ faces lawsuit

Los Angeles: Hollywood studio DreamWorks is facing a copyright lawsuit over its hit animated film `Kung Fu Panda`.

The studio has been sued by an artist named Jayme Gorden, who claims that he created the inspiration behind the movie, which grossed USD 632 million worldwide.

Gordon filed a 28-page suit in US District Court in Massachusetts yesterday, alleging that Dreamworks and distributor Paramount copied the film from Gordon`s works, collectively titled `Kung Fu Panda Power`.

The artist claims that the studio took more than just the title of his work by featuring animated characters that bore a striking similarity to the characters he drew in his own illustrations, which he says were registered with the US Copyright Office in 2000, the Hollywood Reporter said.

The lawsuit comes at a time when the studio is battling another writer, Terence Dunn, who also claims to have pitched the story of a "spiritual kung-fu fighting panda bear" to DWA executives during a series of phone conversations in 2001.

Gordon is demanding unspecified profits, statutory damages, and an acknowledgment of authorship on both Kung Fu Panda and its forthcoming sequel, scheduled for release in May.


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