Thursday, August 27, 2009  
Cartoonist Beats Cinar

:: Posted by BK @ 8/27/2009 02:12:00 AM
Continuing a saga Sequential first reported on here, Quebec cartoonist Claude Robinson has finally won a victory over animation giant Cinar/Cookie Jar, who stole his idea for a Robinson Crusoe animated series. The classic David vs Goliath legal story, 14 years in the making, finally ended yesterday when a court ordered the company pay Robinson $5.2 Million, according to the CBC:

A Montreal cartoonist who spent more than a decade fighting a major production company over plagiarism has finally won his battle in court.

Children's entertainment production company Cinar, which was sold in 2004 and relaunched as Cookie Jar, has been ordered to pay $5.2 million in damages to Claude Robinson for using his cartoon series, Les aventures de Robinson Curiosite, as the basis for its series Robinson Sucroé.

The settlement includes:

* $607,000 for copyright infringement.
* $1.7 million for profits earned by Cinar and other broadcasting companies.
* $400,000 for psychological distress.
* $1 million in exemplary damages.
* $1.5 million for legal fees.

Quebec Superior Court awarded the damages Wednesday morning in Montreal.

The ruling names Cinar founder Ronald Weinberg and affiliates that broadcast the program, including France Animation, BBC Worldwide (Television), Ravensburger (RTV), McRaw Holding and several individuals linked to those companies.

Robinson launched his legal action more than 14 years ago.

He had presented his work to producers at Cinar, who turned down his pitch. Sometime later, he saw Cinar's Robinson Sucroe series and found what he called extraordinary similarities with his own pitch.

On Wednesday, Robinson said he felt as if his series had finally been returned to him.

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