"Disturbia" is no "Rear Window"

Two years ago, we reported that the estate of the current owner of the short story that eventually became the Alfred Hitchock's film "Rear Window" was suing Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement. The suit claimed that Spielberg's2007  film "Disturbia" was too similar to the Hitchcock film from 1954.

Yesterday the court finally tossed out the suit.

"The main plots are similar only at a high, unprotectable level of generality," Said Manhattan Federal Court Judge Laura Taylor. "Where 'Disturbia' is rife with sub-plots, the short story has none. The setting and mood of the short story are static and tense, whereas the setting and mood of 'Disturbia' are more dynamic and peppered with humor and teen romance."

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