Disney sues Chinese companies for copyright infringement
INDONESIA—The Walt Disney Company has taken legal action against three Chinese companies because of an animated film they produced called “The Autobots,” claiming the companies infringed on Disney’s copyright over the movie “Cars”.
According to Reuters, the three companies were production firm Blue MTV, media firm Beijing G-Point and online content platform PPLive Inc.
Based on a notice on the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court website, Disney was suing them for copyright infringement and unfair competition.
Released in 2015, “The Autobots” has some alleged resemblance to “Cars”, which came out in 2006. However, “The Autobots’” director, Zuo Jianlong, insisted the two movies were completely different.
Disney has just opened Shanghai Disneyland.
It is the first Disney amusement park on mainland China and now faces some challenges while doing business in the country, including tough competition from local amusement park developers and the circulation of false Disney merchandise.
Directed by John Lasseter and starring Owen Wilson, “Cars” involves a red racing car called Lightning McQueen. Following its success, the sequel “Cars 2” was released in 2014.
A third movie from the franchise, “Cars 3” is reportedly coming out in 2017. TVJ
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