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Disney have come to an agreement over a copyright dispute over use of the original script of Pirates of the Caribbean. Back in 2017, Arthur Lee Alfred II, E. Ezequiel Martinez Jr.(“the Writers”) and producer Tova Laiter issued proceedings against Disney on the grounds Disney committed “wilful infringement of Plaintiff’s original copyrighted expression of themes, settings, dialogue, characters, plot, mood and sequence of events contained in the original spec screenplay entitled ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’”. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of Disney’s most success franchises, the first film was released back in 2003. The Writers claim to have pitched the idea of Pirates of the Caribbean to Disney back in 2000 to no avail. The Writers claim the script, however, was not returned to them until two years later, by which point the first movie was already in production. The settlement terms have not been disclosed. If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 291 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com. in: Case Law, Companies, Consumer Law, Copyright, EU/International, Legal News, News

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