Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Second Circuit: Zohan Messes With Jaymes Blonde Crime Fighting Hairdresser A Concept Not Protected By Copyright

Jaymes Blonde Messed With by the Zohan


In Cabell v. Sony Pictures Ent. Inc., 10-2690-cv (June 24, 2011), the Second Circuit in a summary order affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in a suit for copyright infringment.

Aside from the unprotectable ideas of (1) brandishing a blow dryer as a weapon, and (2) the characters’ fighting poses, there is no plausible basis
for a reasonable jury to find that the parties’ respective expressions of the concept of a crimefightinghairdresser are substantially similar. See Peter F. Gaito Architecture, LLC v. Simone Dev. Corp., 602 F.3d 57, 63 (2d Cir. 2010); see also Walker v. Time Life Films, Inc., 784 F.2d 44, 48 (2d Cir. 1986) (“....

Cabell v SONY Pictures

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