A Silicon Valley VFX company has accused major production houses for stealing their advanced computer graphic technology. The company has filed a lawsuit against Fox, Paramount, Disney, and Crystal Dynamics. Last year, the same company was successful in injunction of two Chinese companies.
Last week, Rearden LLC filed a lawsuit against Disney prohibiting the sale of three films, Beauty and The Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This week the company has filed three more such lawsuits. The lawsuit against Fox demands restriction on the distribution of Deadpool, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Fantastic Four. The second lawsuit is against Paramount’s Terminator: Genisys and third lawsuit is against a gaming firm, Crystal Dynamics for their X-Box game Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Rearden accuses that these firms did not renew their license after the mentioned movies and continued to use it secretly, which means they essentially stole the technology. The VFX company is claiming copyright infringement with results of its software regarding skin texture, makeup pattern, captured surface and tracking mesh. They are also asserting trademark infringement for promoting and advertising VFX in the movies.
Rearden LLC claims MOVA is the same technology that was used to make Arnold Schwarzenegger look young in Terminator: Genisys and create Colossus in the X-men movies. The firm said that it had contracts with Fox and other companies earlier. They had licensed the MOVA technology to Fox Studios for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Paramount for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (age reversing of Brad Pitt’s character which won an Academy Award).
The firm has also fought against Digital Domain 3.0, which are currently challenging Rearden’s lawsuit before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Last year, through FBI investigation, Rearden LLC was successful in gaining injunctions against two Chinese companies as well.
Rearden’s lawyers at Hagens Berman will be sending the message a year after people noticed that the legally controversial MOVA was used widely in Hollywood.