U.S. News | Creators of Stranger Things Face Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

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The creators of Stranger Things, Matt and Ross Duffer, together with Netflix are facing a copyright infringement lawsuit. According to the complaint, Irish Rover Entertainment claims that the idea for the hit show was stolen from a screenplay called Totem,  a screenplay written by Jeffrey Kennedy, including “plot, sequence, characters, theme, dialogue, mood, and setting, as well as copyrighted concept art.”

According to the lawsuit, the two projects are connected by a man named Aaron Sims, who allegedly worked closely with Kennedy while he was developing the screenplay. Sims, the lawsuit says, was hired to create the concept art for the first two seasons of Stranger Things.

The lawsuit states that one of the characters in Totem is “a little girl named Kimimela or ‘Kimi’ for short who has supernatural powers. Kimimela helps her friends find the portal gate to an alternate supernatural plane and helps them battle the plane’s inhabitants; a dark spirit named Azrael and his army of Blackwolf.

Stranger Things on the otherhand has a character named Eleven or ‘El’ for short who has supernatural powers. Eleven helps her friends find the portal gate to an alternate supernatural plane and helps them battle the plane’s inhabitants; a Shadow Monster and his army of Demogorgon.

California Central District Court
Judge: Consuelo B Marshall
Case #: 2:20-cv-06293
Nature of Suit Copyrights
Cause Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: Jul 15, 2020
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