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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Spielberg, Paramount, Sued Over "Disturbia"

The estate of Sheldon Abend is suing Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks, and Paramount Pictures over the film Disturbia, which it claims infringed its rights in a short story written by the noir author Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich, who wrote under the name Cornell Woolrich and William Irish. The story, "It Had to be Murder," also called "Murder From a Fixed Viewpoint," or "Murder From a Fixed Perspective," published in 1942, was made into the film Rear Window, which starred Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, in 1954. Read more here and here.

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