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The Moodsters Company v. The Walt Disney Company

Petition for certiorari denied on January 11, 2021
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-132 9th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2020

Issues: (1) Whether originality is the proper standard to determine character copyrightability; and (2) whether copyrightability — for a character or any work — is a question of fact, or involves questions of fact, ill-suited for resolution on a Rule 12 motion.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Aug 03 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 8, 2020)
Aug 14 2020Waiver of right of respondent The Walt Disney Company, et al. to respond filed.
Aug 19 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/29/2020.
Sep 04 2020Brief amici curiae of Suna Izgi, Orly Ravid, Robert C. Lind and Michael M. Epstein filed. (Distributed)
Sep 08 2020Brief amicus curiae of California Society of Entertainment Lawyers filed. (Distributed)
Sep 16 2020Response Requested. (Due October 16, 2020)
Oct 06 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from October 16, 2020 to November 13, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Oct 07 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 13, 2020.
Nov 13 2020Brief of respondents The Walt Disney Company, et al. in opposition filed.
Nov 24 2020Reply of petitioner The Moodsters Company filed.
Dec 02 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/8/2021.
Jan 11 2021Petition DENIED.