Steven Busti v Platinum Studios Scott Mitchell Rosenberg Universal Studios Inc dba Universal Pictures and Dreamworks II Distribution Co LLC Cause No A11CA1029SS WD Texas appeal at No 1350938 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.