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Paramount resolves lawsuit over 'Terminator Genisys' motion-capture technology

Post Time:2024-06-12 Source:Reuters Author: Blake Brittain Views:

June 11 (Reuters) - Paramount Pictures (PARA.O) has resolved a U.S. lawsuit that accused the studio of misusing another company's motion-capture technology in the 2015 film "Terminator Genisys," according to a federal court filing.

Paramount and plaintiff Rearden LLC asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, opens new tab to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled. Spokespeople and attorneys for Paramount and Rearden did not immediately respond to requests for comment and more information.

The companies asked the court to pause the case in February while they discussed a potential settlement, and Rearden settled related lawsuits against Disney last week over movies including "Guardians of the Galaxy" and Disney's 2017 remake of "Beauty and the Beast."

Rearden sued Paramount in 2017, alleging the studio used its MOVA Contour software without permission to transform 67-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger's face in "Terminator Genisys" into the face of his character from the original 1984 "Terminator" movie.

Rearden, founded by former Apple scientist Steve Perlman, said that a "rogue" Rearden employee stole the Contour technology and took it to another company, Digital Domain 3.0. Rearden argued that Paramount infringed its copyright in Contour by working with Digital Domain to utilize the technology in "Terminator Genisys."

Rearden asked the court for monetary damages including a cut of Paramount's profits from the movie. Paramount denied the allegations.

The case is Rearden LLC v. Paramount Pictures Corp, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 4:17-cv-04192.