The creators of Stranger Things the Duffer Brothers are being sued AGAIN for copyright infringement on unpublished script
Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer and Netflix are being sued for copyright infringement over an unpublished script.
A company has claimed that the idea for the hit show was taken from a screenplay titled Totem written by Jeffrey Kennedy.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed by Irish Rover Entertainment in a federal court in California on Wednesday, the Netflix show Totems is copying “plot, sequence, characters, theme, dialogue, mood and setting, as well as copyrighted concept art.”
Lawsuit: Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers are being sued AGAIN for copyright infringement over an unpublished script, with lawsuit filed on Wednesday
Aaron Sims was alleged to connect the two projects because he would have collaborated with Kennedy during the development of the screenplay, before being hired to create the concept art of Stranger Things for the first two seasons.
Totem targeted a girl named Kimimela, or Kimi, who has supernatural abilities and helps friends find a portal to an alternative plane where they fight its inhabitants, including a “dark ghost named Azrael and his army of Blackwolf.”
The lawsuit claims that Stranger Things reflects this concept, as it says: “In Stranger Things, one of the characters is a little girl name Eleven or El for short with supernatural powers.
Claim: A company has claimed that the idea for Matt and Ross Duffer’s hit show (pictured in January) was taken from a screenplay titled Totem written by Jeffrey Kennedy
“Eleven helps her friends find the gateway to an alternative supernatural plane and helps them fight the inhabitants of the plane; a Shadow Monster and his army from Demogorgon. ‘
In response to the lawsuit, a Netflix representative said The Wrap: ‘Mr. Kennedy has propagated these far-fetched conspiracy theories for years, though Netflix has repeatedly explained to him that The Duffer Brothers had never heard of him or his unpublished script until he threatened to sue them.
“After we refused to give in to his payment claim, he filed this unfounded lawsuit. There is no shortage of people who want to claim credit for making Stranger Things.
“But the truth is, the show was independently conceived by The Duffer Brothers and is the result of their creativity and hard work.”
This isn’t the first time the Duffer Brothers have been charged with Stranger Things, as Charles Kessler claimed he stole his idea from his 2012 short film Montauk, which was used to create the Netflix hit series in 2018.
In May last year, Charles drew the file the lawsuit two days before the Los Angeles trial would begin.
Copyright Infringement: According to the lawsuit, the show copies Totems ‘plot, sequence, characters, theme, dialogue, atmosphere and setting, as well as copyrighted concept art’
Kessler has issued a statement to TMZwhere he essentially revoked all of his previous claims that the Duffer Brothers had ‘stolen’ his idea.
“After hearing the witness statement this week from the lawyer I hired, it is now clear to me that, whatever I believed in the past, my work had nothing to do with the creation of Stranger Things,” the statement began.
Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers made their show independently. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and will not comment on it again. ‘
False: In response, a Netflix representative said they ‘repeatedly explained to him that The Duffer Brothers had never heard of him … until he threatened to sue them’