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Disney’s ‘Toy Story 4' Allegedly Infringes Evel Knievel’s IP

Sept. 22, 2020, 11:33 PM

Keanu Reeves’ daredevil character Duke Caboom in Disney‘s “Toy Story 4" violates the late Evel Knievel’s trademark and publicity rights, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Nevada federal court.

K&K Promotions Inc. says the famous stuntman transferred his trademarks, copyrights, and publicity rights to it in 1998.

Duke Caboom in “Toy Story 4" is a toy version of a Canadian motorcycle daredevil made in the 1970s. The complaint says Caboom is known, like Knievel, for “often falling short with respect to death-defying ramp-to-ramp jumps” and wearing a “readily identifiable white-jumpsuit wardrobe and helmet with patriotic insignia"—Canadian in Caboom’s ...