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EntertainmentLawsuit Against the Duffer Brothers Over ‘Stranger Things’ Copyright Has Been Withdrawn

02:55  06 may  2019
02:55  06 may  2019 Source:   etcanada.com

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The Duffer brothers are headed to court over the allegations of plagiarism regarding Stranger Things . Airing its 1st season on Netflix in 2016, the Matt and Ross Duffer , creators of Stranger Things , were hit with a lawsuit last April. The suit was filed by Charlie Kessler, who claimed that the

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Lawsuit Against the Duffer Brothers Over ‘Stranger Things’ Copyright Has Been Withdrawn Netflix

With Netflix throwing it's full support behind the Duffer Brothers after a judge denied a summary judgement to the creators of "Stranger Things", meaning the lawsuit filed by producer Charlie Kessler alleging they stole his idea to create the hit series was set to proceed to trial, but the plaintiff withdrew his suit days before trial.

“After hearing the deposition testimony this week of the legal expert I hired, it is now apparent to me that, whatever I may have believed in the past, my work had nothing to do with the creation of 'Stranger Things',” said Kessler in a statement Sunday published by Deadline.

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The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. Kessler’s Montauk short film was registered with the copyright office, meaning his ideas and the content Moving on to the murky part of the entire lawsuit , item four, number 24 says that Kessler So the next question is , why change the title to Stranger Things ? Netflix has not been included in

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“Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers independently created their show. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and I will be making no further comment on this matter.”

Netflix also responded to the lawsuit being thrown out. "We are glad to be able to put this baseless lawsuit behind us. As we have said all along, 'Stranger Things' is a ground-breaking original creation by The Duffer Brothers. We are proud of this show and of our friends Matt and Ross, whose artistic vision gave life to 'Stranger Things', and whose passion, imagination and relentless hard work alongside our talented cast and crew made it a wildly successful, award-winning series beloved by viewers around the world.”

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" Stranger Things " creators Matt and Ross Duffer are denying accusations of plagiarism brought against them in a lawsuit Tuesday by a Duffer Brothers Say ‘ Stranger Things ’ Plagiarism Lawsuit Is ‘Completely Meritless’. “This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work

The Duffer Brothers , creators of Netflix’s sci-fi hit Stranger Things , are being sued over Kessler’s suit claims, “Defendants have made huge sums of money by producing the series based on Plaintiff’s concepts He is suing for breach of implied contract and seeking monetary damages and a jury trial.

In his lawsuit, Kessler contended that the concept behind "Stranger Things" was lifted from a short film he produced titled "Montauk", dealing with top-secret government experiments being conducted at the infamous Camp Hero Air Force Base in Long Island, which has become ground zero for conspiracy theories involving everything from time travel to mind-control experimentation to contact with other dimensions.

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Kessler's lawsuit alleged that he approached Matt and Ross Duffer in 2014 to pitch his idea of turning "Montauk" into a TV series to be called "The Montauk Project".

While Kessler says that things never progressed beyond that initial pitch, he claims the brothers subsequently used his idea, storyline and script to develop "Stranger Things", and even claims that the Duffers initially sold the show to Netflix using his title, "The Montauk Project".

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Matt and Ross Duffer Refute ‘ Stranger Things ’ Lawsuit : ‘The Claim Is Completely Meritless’. Matt and Ross Duffer have issued an official statement through their attorney Alex Kohner denying the The short’s producer Charlie Kessler filed a lawsuit against the brothers for using “his script, idea

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Kessler was seeking monetary damages and "destruction of all materials that were allegedly ripped off from his project," added TMZ.

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The Duffer Brothers subsequently refuted Kessler's allegations in a statement. "Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless,” reads the statement. “He had no connection to the creation or development of ‘Stranger Things.’ The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the judge in the case denied the Duffers' request to dismiss Kessler's lawsuit.

In January, the Duffers asked to have the suit tossed out of court, arguing that they didn't "manifest any intent to enter into a binding agreement" with Kessler, that they independently created Stranger Things, and that ideas Kessler says he disclosed were not "novel."

"Charlie Kessler asserts that he met the Duffers, then two young filmmakers whom Kessler never had heard of, and chatted with them for 10 to 15 minutes," wrote the Duffers' attorney in the motion for summary judgement. "That casual conversation — during which the Duffers supposedly said that they all 'should work together' and asked 'what [Kessler] was working on' — is the sole basis for the alleged implied contract at issue in this lawsuit and for Kessler's meritless theory that the Duffers used his ideas to create 'Stranger Things'."

Following the judge's decision, Netflix issued a statement throwing its "full support" behind the Duffers.

"The Duffer Brothers have our full support," reads the statement from a Netflix spokesperson. "This case has no merit, which we look forward to being confirmed by a full hearing of the facts in court."

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