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Spielberg, studios sued over film’s similarities to Rear Window

“A lawsuit filed in Manhattan claims Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures Corp. ripped off the plot from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window when they made the movie Disturbia.

The 2007 thriller starred Shia LaBeouf as a kid who spies on neighbours, including a man he suspects is a serial killer.

The copyright infringement lawsuit, filed Monday, says Disturbia’s story is “essentially the same” as the Hitchcock movie, which was taken from a short story Cornell Woolrich wrote in 1942.”

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