Disney settles writers’ claim of stealing ‘pirates’ intellectual property

By Gina Kim (September 1, 2022, 9:07 p.m. EDT) — The Walt Disney Co. has settled a 5-year copyright infringement lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles by screenwriters who alleged the blockbuster of a billion-dollar entertainment giant The “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise copied their ideas, according to a careful order released Thursday.

Disney plaintiffs and screenwriters Arthur Alfred and Ezequiel Martinez participated in a confidential settlement conference on Wednesday, according to the two-page order of U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall. The order also reminded all parties that all settlement discussions were considered confidential.

Wednesday’s settlement ends a 5-year-old affair that Alfred and Martinez, along with their producer Tova Laiter, initiated in November…

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