According to Variety, The Walt Disney Company has won a copyright case over a Chinese-made film called “The Autobots.” The court ruled that the film was an illegal copy of Pixar’s “Cars.”
The court said that the Chinese producer Bluemtv and distributor G-Point had been fined some $190,000 (RMB1.35 million) and ordered to cease their copyright infringement. “The Autobots” film was released in July 2015, and grossed some $863,000 (RMB6 million.)
The court said that the Chinese producers had illegally used Disney’s characters and posters. The Chinese title of “Autobots” also sounds similar to “Cars” and constituted unfair competition, the court said.
Director of “The Autobots,” Zhuo Jianrong maintained his innocence throughout. He said that he had never watched “Cars” and his lawyers said in court that the characters had been independently developed from real vehicles.