28th Oct 2010

Clay Townsend obtains amicable ruling in copyright infringement claims against Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks, LLC and various other major motion picture entities.

On October 28, 2010, the Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust filed suit against NBC Universal, Inc., Universal Studios, the Estate of Alfred Hitchcock, and related entities for breach of license agreements entered into in 1991 and 1992 pursuant to which Abend permitted the continued distribution of HitchcockÂ’s Rear Window film. The complaint contains five counts [1] Breach Of Contract; [2] Breach Of Covenant Of Good Faith And Fair Dealing; [3] Unfair Competition In Violation Of California Business And Professions Code §17200, et seq.; [4] Accounting; and [5] Inducement Of Breach Of Contract (Pled Alternatively).

The Rear Window Settlement
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Clay Townsend filed copyright infringement claims against Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks, LLC and various other major motion picture entities.


The Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust v. Steven Spielberg; DreamWorks, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Viacom, Inc.; Cold Springs Pictures, Montecito Picture Co.; and United International Pictures, B.V.

• Copyright infringement claims against Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks, LLC and various other major motion picture entities filed on September 5, 2008.

• Client (The Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust) alleged that Spielberg and the other named defendants’ production and exploitation of the motion picture released in 2007 entitled Disturbia violates the Trust’s copyright in the original short story by Cornell Woolrich entitled Rear Window.

• Status: Settled. An amicable confidential settlement was reached with Mr. Spielberg and Paramount Pictures prior to the Southern District of New York’s entry of summary judgment in favor of the defendants. The Trust agreed to the voluntarily dismissal of its claims.

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