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1. DJ Bassnectar Sued By Animator Max Hattler Over Alleged Copyright Infringement

After receiving a Facebook apology and little else for having his work stolen, Max Hattler has filed a lawsuit against DJ and record producer Bassnectar.

The post DJ Bassnectar Sued By Animator Max Hattler Over Alleged Copyright Infringement appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2. ‘Futurama’ and ‘Simpsons Movie’ Studio Rough Draft Unionizes

The Animation Guild continues to grow, giving union benefits to more animation artists throughout the LA animation industry.

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3. L.A. Studio Cosmic Toast Shut Down Without Paying Its Artists: A Cartoon Brew Investigation

A Los Angeles animation studio creating work that appeared on Disney and Nick-owned platforms didn't pay it artists for months and suddenly shut down.

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4. On This Day 75 Years Ago, Disney Animation Changed Forever

The Walt Disney Company loves to acknowledge anniversaries and milestones, except for this one.

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5. Storyboard Artist Accuses ‘Chipmunks’ Maker Bagdasarian Productions Of Unethical Behavior

"He told me the whole second half was unusable...upon seeing the finished animation later, HE USED MY ENTIRE BOARD SHOT FOR SHOT!"

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6. Disney and Dreamworks Have Come Up With A New, Kooky Reason Why Wage-Theft Lawsuit Is Invalid

Disney, Disney-owned Lucasfilm and Pixar, and Dreamworks Animation have come up with a novel tactic to try and dismantle the wage theft lawsuit brought against them by animation industry employees. The simple version of Disney and Dreamworks’ argument: certain animation artists had been aware for years that their was an alleged conspiracy against them, thus making the 10,000-person lawsuit invalid.

Here’s the long version: On May 25, the federal district court presiding over the class-action antitrust case filed by plaintiff animation and digital artists Robert Nitsch, Jr. Georgia Cano, and David Wentworth against several leading animation studios certified the class definition of the artists that will be covered under any ruling in the case. Under Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling, that class who will be eligible to participate in the lawsuit is the following:

“All animation and visual effects employees employed by defendants in the United States who held any of the jobs listed in Ashenfelter Reply Report Amended Appendix C during the following time periods: Pixar (2004–2010), Lucasfilm Ltd., LLC (2004–2010), DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (2004–2010), The Walt Disney Company (2004–2010), Sony Pictures Animation, Inc. and Sony Pictures Imageworks, Inc. (2004–2010), Blue Sky Studios, Inc. (2005–2010) and Two Pic MC LLC f/k/a ImageMovers Digital LLC (2007–2010). Excluded from the Class are senior executives, members of the board of directors, and persons employed to perform office operations or administrative tasks.” [Note: The Ashenfelter Reply Report referred to in the definition is currently under seal and unavailable to the public.]

The plaintiffs sought to expand the class to include those artists who worked at Pixar and Lucasfilm from 2001-2003, and to those artists who worked at DreamWorks in 2003. However, for procedural reasons, the court ruled that it would be inappropriate to expand the class at this time, but left it open for future expansion.

By the end of last week, however, Disney and Dreamworks had appealed the certification to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In their appeal, the studios reminded the court that the entire case had been thrown out last year by Judge Koh on statute of limitations grounds—that is, that Nitsch, Cano and Wentworth filed their lawsuit too many years after the allegedly illegal behavior of the studios took place. Koh only let the case go forward once the plaintiffs showed that the studios may have fraudulently concealed their activities. (As part of the prior settlement with the plaintiffs, Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Imageworks have already agreed to not challenge the class certification sought by the plaintiffs.)

But the studios now argue that even if they concealed their actions, many artists—those who would be part of the certified class—knew about the alleged conspiracy among the studios. The studios point to emails between Pixar employees—one of whom would be a class member—referring to a “gentleman’s agreement” between Pixar and another studio.

They also point to a 2006 meeting between Disney animation employees and the studio’s “president”—presumably, Ed Catmull—in which the president reportedly admitted to a non-poaching agreement among the studios. There is also a meeting between Pixar’s general manager and several interns that mentioned the “gentleman’s agreement,” and that Pixar uploaded the video of the meeting to the company’s intranet, available for all employees to see (and thus learn of the alleged conspiracy).

The studios refer to blog posts (including those made by the Animation Guild Blog), additional meetings, and other evidence, all arguably indicating that a substantial number of artists who make up the certified class had knowledge of the allegedly fraudulently concealed conspiracy.

And if they had knowledge of it, then that knowledge voids any concealment defense to the statute of limitations. In layman’s terms, any Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, or Dreamworks employee who had knowledge that they were being screwed by the studios should not be eligible to be a part of the lawsuit.

Judge Koh, in her certification ruling, addressed some of these concerns, pointing out that, for example, three months after being uploaded onto Pixar’s intranet, the video referencing the anti-poaching agreement had been edited to delete references to the agreement, and then re-uploaded. Judge Koh found much of the studios’ evidence of prior knowledge too general, that the information may have been available generally, but specific instances of knowledge were too few to warrant a limited class certification, and pointed out that the studios can later raise individualized statute of limitations defenses against specific class members.

The studios were obviously unconvinced, and now appeal to a higher court. No ruling from the Ninth Circuit is expected for several weeks. Until then, the class of artists covered by the lawsuit will remain in limbo.

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7. What Is The Animation Wage-Fixing Lawsuit? An Explainer for the Community

Take a few minutes to understand the lawsuit that industry artists have filed against the big American studios and why it matters.

The post What Is The Animation Wage-Fixing Lawsuit? An Explainer for the Community appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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8. Here’s How To Tell People You Can’t Create Free Artwork

Use this handy tool the next time someone asks you to create free artwork.

The post Here’s How To Tell People You Can’t Create Free Artwork appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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9. The NFB Just Did Something Awesome For Women Filmmakers

Canada's publicly-funded film studio has pledged to commit half of its production budget to women filmmakers.

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10. Blue Sky Agrees To Settle Wage-Fixing Lawsuit With Animation Workers

This is a significant victory for the hard-working members of the feature animation community.

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11. Conan O’Brien Nails It With This Skit About VFX Workers on ‘The Jungle Book’

No animals were harmed in the making of Disney's "The Jungle Book" — unless you count the human animals.

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12. Sony Takes The High Road And Settles Animation Wage-Theft Lawsuit

While Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Dreamworks are still fighting against their employees, Sony has reached a settlement with the animation workers.

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13. Youtube Announces Improvements to Copyright Claim System, But Does It Really Fix The Problem?

Youtube is trying to fix its broken copyright claim system, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.

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14. Former Digital Domain CEO John Textor Wins $8.5 Million For Bankrupting The Studio

Running an animation studio can be very profitable...especially if you destroy the studio.

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15. Sony Animation’s Bob Osher Makes $1.25 Million A Year, But Don’t Compare Your Salary To His

Sony tries to trick animation students with "advice" on how to be a successful employee at their studio.

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16. How A ‘Roger Rabbit’ Producer Punished An Artist for Wage-Sharing

Animation veteran Uli Meyer recounts what happened when he shared his wage with co-workers on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

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17. Former Disney Artist Explains How Ed Catmull Tricked Him

Ed Catmull allegedly told Disney artists they were free to find higher-paying work at other studios while he knew they couldn't.

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18. Disney, DreamWorks and Sony Describe Artists’ Wage-Theft Lawsuit As ‘Futile’

The major studios filed a motion last Friday in federal court asking a judge to dismiss the antitrust wage-fixing lawsuit that had been filed by animation industry employees.

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19. Japan’s Animation Industry Isn’t Just Tough, It’s “Illegally Harsh” Says American Artist

"Everything about my life is utterly horrible," says an American animator working in Japan, and that's how he likes it.

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20. Federal Judge Dismisses Animation Studio Wage-Fixing Suit

But the fight isn't over yet. Animation artists have 30 days to produce new evidence.

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21. Animation Artists’ Union Reaches Agreement for 3-Year Deal with Studios

How smooth were negotiations? They began Monday and finished Wednesday.

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22. Why Are ‘BoJack Horseman’ Artists Being Asked To Take Their Art Offline?

A letter from the show's producer asked artists to pull down their artwork from the Internet.

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23. Sony Tried to Screw Indie Filmmakers Over Their Crappy Film ‘Pixels’

Sony succeeded in removing multiple films from Vimeo with the word "pixels" in its title.

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24. Judge Rules Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Sony, and Other Studios Can’t Evade Wage-Fixing Lawsuit

A judge rule that animation artists can continue a case against studios which allegedly suppressed wages for decades through fraud.

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25. Crashing the Boy’s Club: Women Speak Out About Gender Inequality in Animation

Women don't receive the same opportunities as men do in animation, and they're finally speaking out about it.

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