Cars’ Lightning McQueen not stolen by Disney Pixar, Court says

By on Dec 18, 2010 in Movies, United States Comments

Cars’ fictional character Lightning McQueen was not stolen by Disney and Pixar, according to a court in Oklahoma, as published in Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

Lightning McQueen, the star of the Disney and Pixar’s 2006 hit movie Cars, in which a sequel is set for a June 2011 release, was allegedly stolen by the companies; as claimed by a veteran race car driver named Mark Brill.

Apparently, Brill filed a lawsuit in 2008 against the Car franchise stating that Lightning McQueen is similar to his personal race car, a character on the film where Owen Wilson’s voice was used.

Allegedly, Brill said that the likeness who said that Lightning McQueen, with body painted red, was ‘infringed and misappropriated’ the number 95 marked yellow on it; and that there was a violation of publicity rights.

Then last November 30, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals was reported to have announced that Disney and Pixar won the case against Mark Brill.

According to the report, the court said that ‘a fictional, talking, driver-less red race car with the number 95 on it cannot be construed as a likeness of a driver of a similarly colored/numbered race car’.

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