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‘Krampus’ Film Doesn’t Infringe Author’s Copyright

March 25, 2020, 8:55 PM

The 2015 Legend Pictures film “Krampus” doesn’t infringe an author’s copyright in his “Krampus Night Before Christmas” book, a Delaware federal court ruled.

Any similarities between the works’ depictions of the “devilish foil of Saint Nikolaus” weren’t eligible for copyright protection, the court said Tuesday.

Kalyan Purohit argued Legend’s film copied original elements of the depiction of the Krampus in his 2012 parody of Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” including “horns like those of a Walia ibex, a lack of black fur, a pronounced hunch, a long beard, glowing slanted eyes, a tattered red robe,” and others. ...