The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena is set to hear arguments in the case of two screenwriters who claim Disney pirated their ideas for the smash hit “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series.
The copyright lawsuit was dismissed by a judge :with prejudice” in May of 2019 after a Los Angeles district court judge ruled the films did not violate the copyright of writers Arthur Lee Alfred II and Ezequiel Martinez Jr., along with their producer, Tova Laiter, court documents show. The lawsuit alleged Disney has infringed on the writers copyright by lifting plot, characters, themes, mood, settings and pace from their work. But to each point, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall determined the Pirates of the Caribbean films were “not substantially similar” to the work of the plaintiffs and did not constitute infringement of their copyright.
But the plaintiff’s have filed an appeal in hopes of reversing the prior court decision. Monday’s arguments regarding the appeal were scheduled to be heard via teleconference.