Disney Wins ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Copyright Case

By Acsilyn Miyazaki | 1 year ago
Disney Wins ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Copyright Case

Disney won a copyright infringement suit against an author claiming credits for a scene in “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

The author alleged that it was his idea showed in the scene of “Pirates of the Caribbean” where living skeletons transformed under the moonlight. The author tried to wrangle billions from the box office hit after his claim but failed to pursue after a federal judge ruled that the “alert line” of the company did not properly cancelled a settlement agreement.


The author identified as Royce Mathew sued Disney for the franchise of “Pirates of the Caribbean” in different lawsuits which started in 2005. Mathew dismissed his first attempt against the company and sued Disney again in 2006. However, he backed down from the case after the company said they had independently created the “the unique supernatural elements that involves pirates transforming and turning into living skeletons under the moonlight due to a hideous curse affecting them.”

The Hollywood Reporter said that Mathew has signed a release form after withdrawing his lawsuit against Disney’s franchise, “Pirates of the Caribbean”. However, when Disney started publishing more books including modified versions of theme park art credited to various artists, Mathew started to be suspicious once more.

When Mathew filed another lawsuit in 2013, he alleged that Disney tampered and altered the artwork. He claimed Disney did this with the purpose of making people believe that it had created the elements of transforming pirates into living skeletons under the moonlight independently in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

The case against Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” was first filed in Florida and was re-filed in New York and was transferred to California. However, before getting close to the issue on whether or not Mathew’s work has been stolen by Disney or having it protected, Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that he has to allege notice rescission after signing a release form during the second lawsuit he filed.

Disney was also accused by Mathew in a letter of fraud in 2009 where he followed up with messages through an alert line, said The Hollywood Reporter. This had Disney reply in advance before charges and complaints were filed.

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Photo Source: Facebook/Pirates of the Carribean

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