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Disney’s ‘Inside Out’ Movie Didn’t Infringe Author’s Copyright

Aug. 3, 2020, 8:34 PM

The Walt Disney Company didn’t infringe the copyright of a children’s book author with its blockbuster film “Inside Out,” the Ninth Circuit ruled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision, writing that the works of Disney and author Carla Jo Masterson were not substantially similar.

Masterson alleged that Disney’s animated comedy, about the anthropomorphized emotions that live inside a young girl’s head, violated the copyrights of her poetry book, “What’s On the Other Side of the Rainbow? (A Book of Feelings),” and movie script, “The Secret of the Golden Mirror.”

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