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'Stranger Things' Copyright Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

In response to a copyright claim in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that the Netflix series Stranger Things infringed on Irish Rover Entertainment’s unpublished screenplays, Netflix and the other defendants filed a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss, arguing that the works were not substantially similar as a matter of law.

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In response to a copyright claim in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that the Netflix series Stranger Things infringed on Irish Rover Entertainment’s unpublished screenplays, Netflix and the other defendants filed a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, arguing that the works were not substantially similar as a matter of law.  In connection with the motion, Netflix submitted — and the district court accepted — copies of the allegedly infringed screenplays and the allegedly infringing three seasons of Stranger Things.

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