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Law360: Disney Scores Partial Win As Judge Trims ‘Frozen II’ Suit

May 15, 2023

US Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver granted a motion to dismiss part of a copyright suit alleging that “Some Things Never Change,” a song from the Disney animated film “Frozen II,” infringed Daniel E. Grigson’s “That Girl,” an original song he wrote. Grigson claimed that “certain sounds” from his song were “re-recorded or re-played” in the film. “While the terms ‘re-recorded’ or ‘re-played’ could be construed as the duplication of actual sounds, the phrase ‘certain sounds’ does not sufficiently put defendants on notice of plaintiff’s theory of infringement of the sound recording,” Judge Oliver wrote. Disney is represented by Leah Godesky of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

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