Disney Files Trademark Lawsuit Over Alleged FROZEN Copycat
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has filed a trademark lawsuit over a film from Phase 4 Studios. The lawsuit claims that Phase 4 recently changed the name of its film to 'Frozen Land' in order to "mimic" and reap the benefits of Disney's mega animated hit 'Frozen', now playing in theaters.
The trademark infringement lawsuit filed in California federal court claims, "On November 1, 2013, less than three weeks before the Hollywood premiere of FROZEN on November 19, Phase 4 theatrically released an animated picture entitled The Legend of Sarila, which generated minimal box office revenues and received no significant attention."
The lawsuit adds that Phase 4 was fully aware of Disney's Frozen, and attempted to use it to enhance the commercial success of Sarila with "redesigned the artwork, packaging, logo, and other promotional materials for its newly (and intentionally misleadingly) retitled film to mimic those used by [Disney] for FROZEN and related merchandise."
The description of the the alleged wrongdoing is as follows:
"As is apparent from the face of the FROZEN LAND logo, despite the infinite options available to it, Phase 4 intended its logo to replicate the FROZEN Trademark Logo of Disney's FROZEN," says the lawsuit. "For example,
the FROZEN Land logo also includes jagged, uneven edges on the lettering, dramatic flourishes on the letters, and an elongated R and Z that cradle a stylized O that curves into itself and does not close entirely. In addition, the word 'frozen' is significantly larger than the word 'land.' The two logos are nearly identical."