Spielberg, Studios Sued For Ripping Off Hitchcock Classic

September 10, 2008

Steven Spielberg, as well as DreamWorks, its parent company Viacom Inc., and Universal Pictures have been accused of ripping off the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, Rear Window.. .........Washington (ChattahBox) – Steven Spielberg, as well as DreamWorks, its parent company Viacom Inc., and Universal Pictures have been accused of ripping off the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, Rear Window.

Steven Spielberg, as well as the major Hollywood studios are accused of copyright infringement, as well as breach of contract.

This all revolves around the film Disturbia, which was released a year ago.

The lawsuit was filed by Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust.

Alfred Hitchcock and actor James Stewart managed to get their hands on the motion picture rights to the 1953 short story “Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint.”

The lawsuit stated that if DreamWorks wanted to go ahead with Disturbia, they should have gotten the rights as well.

The lawsuit states Disturbia and Rear Window are the same, featuring murder mysteries that start with a man looking at his neighbor from a window.


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