An author is suing Disney and Frozen‘s screenwriter, claiming the film’s story was stolen from a book she wrote called New Fairy Tales.
Muneefa Abdullah is suing for copyright infringement and believes Disney stole the plotline for their 2013 hit film Frozen, from a story she wrote called “The Snow Princess,” found in her book New Fairy Tales.
According to The Wrap, the suit states that “the key plot elements, characters, themes, events, setting, mood, pace and dialogue in ‘Frozen’ demonstrate substantial similarities to ‘The Snow Princess,’ and that such similarities are of a sort that indicate copying rather than independent creation or coincidence.”
Abdullah’s “The Snow Princess” tells the story of “a princess who possesses magical ice powers that give her the ability to turn people and objects into ice.”
Frozen was inspired by The Snow Queen, a classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, and if Abdullah’s book is supposed to be new versions of the classic tales, it doesn’t really seem like she can say Disney stole anything. In fact, it seems like she’s doing the same thing they did…reworking the classics.
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