Why Did Disney Sue Angel Studios?
- Patrick Hunter
Lawsuit – Main article: In 2016, four major Hollywood studios -,, and – filed a federal lawsuit against VidAngel, accusing them of violating the DMCA by circumventing copyright protection on DVDs and unlicensed video streaming. The court granted Disney’s motion for a preliminary injunction, ruling that VidAngel had violated copyright laws by circumventing copyright protection technology on DVDs and by hosting streamed content on VidAngel’s computer servers without the proper licensing and permission from copyright holders.
Did the Hells Angels file a lawsuit against Disney?
Dave Smith asserts that Hells Angels are more corporate than you may realize.1965/Shutterstock Hells Angels may have an outlaw reputation and be tough enough to live up to it — Hunter S. Thompson was beaten by the gang after his book about them was published (via Ozy) — but in the twenty-first century, they are business savvy.
According to CNN, the group’s official name is “The Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Corp.” — note the unusual apostrophe — and these days, you’re more likely to find yourself on the wrong side of them in court than on the open road. The New York Times reported in 2013 that a group that used to strike fear into the hearts of law-abiding American motorists has filed more than a dozen federal court cases in recent years to defend their trademarks, and has targeted Amazon, Toys “R” Us, and Marvel Comics.
In an interview with The New York Times, Hells Angels attorney Fritz Clapp stated that part of the group’s strategy is to bring “shock-and-awe” cases to federal court and to highlight them in the media. “The purpose is not only to punish the infringers, but also to inform the public that the Hells Angels marques are highly protected and not generic, and thus must not be infringed upon.”
Why was Disney sued for infringement?
Fragments of the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight are sung by Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King. Unfortunately, Disney was also involved in a legal dispute regarding the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight, which Timon and Pumbaa sing in the film. In 2004, South African attorneys sued Disney for copyright infringement after the company used the song and earned approximately $15 million in royalties.
- In 1939, Zulu migrant worker Solomon Linda penned the original version of the song.
- At the time Linda sold the copyright, the law stated that the rights should have reverted to his heirs 25 years after his death in 1962.
- In 2006, the descendants of Linda reached an agreement with Abilene Music Publishers, which held the song’s rights and had licensed it to Disney, to place the song’s earnings in a trust.
The true origin of ‘The Lion King’ is next.
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Was Disney sued regarding The Lion King?
The Lion King remains one of Disney’s most recognizable animated films to date. The 2019 live-action remake is said to have been inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and tells the tale of a young lion who must avenge the death of his father and ascend to the throne.
- One of the behind-the-scenes details about The Lion King that fans may not be aware of is that the film landed Disney in legal trouble.
- Unfortunately, the entertainment giant was sued multiple times for The Lion King.
- Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney for streaming Black Widow is one of the most recent lawsuits filed against the company.
But what was the primary reason for their lawsuit against The Lion King, and did they ultimately pay damages? Continue reading to learn more.