Steven Busti v. Platinum Studios, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg; Universal Studios, Inc., d/b/a Universal Pictures; and Dreamworks II Distribution Co., LLC, Cause No. A-11-CA-1029-SS (W.D. Texas), appeal at No. 13-50938 (5th Cir. 2013)

Plaintiff claimed that Cowboys and Aliens (the film and graphic novel) violated the copyright of his eleven-page comic of the same name, which he self-published in 1994. After we filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the defendants, the court awarded summary judgment in their favor, finding there was independent creation, no access, no factual copying, and no substantial similarity. After appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Plaintiff dropped his appeal.

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