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"I would never set out to write a story that would put me in a situation like this."
"Jayme Gordon to a judge[1]"

Jayme Gordon is a US cartoonist and fraudster who forged a claim to own the copyright of Kung Fu Panda in a multimillion dollar lawsuit.

Gordon registered vast swathes of work with the US Copyright Office around the millennium, then modified some in 2008 after seeing a Kung Fu Panda trailer and registered his new versions as Kung Fu Panda Power.[2] In 2011 he sued film franchise creator DreamWorks in US federal court, filing sketches very similar to the animated movie's characters.[1] He proposed a $12 million settlement, but DreamWorks rejected this and spent two years defending the action at a cost to them of $3 million.[3]

His scheme collapsed when DreamWorks realised his supposedly original sketches from the early 90s were in fact traced and slightly modified from a Disney coloring book from 1996.[2] Evidence was also adduced in 2012 that Gordon used a computer programme called Permanent Eraser to delete material over three days in April that year.[2] Gordon withdrew his claim.[1]

The Cybercrime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston got involved,[2] as Gordon is from Randolph, Massachusetts.[3] He was indicted in 2015.[1] He faced four counts of wire fraud alleging four emails sent by lawyers on his behalf, including the proposed settlement, were communications sent across state lines to further hsi fraudulent plans.[4][2] He also faced three counts of perjury, and was convicted of all charges by a federal jury in November 2016.[4][2] Gordon had himself been seeking a jury trial to perpetrate his fraud.[1]

In May 2017, at the age of 51, Gordon's story was completed as he was sentenced to two years in prison.[3] Gordon wept when addressing the judge but continued denying his guilt, while his lawyer noted a history of poor mental health in mitigation.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Man Who Claimed to Create 'Kung Fu Panda' Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison - Newsweek
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Cartoonist Faces Up To 25 Years in Prison For Failed ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Lawsuit - Cartoon Brew
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Cartoonist who claimed to be Kung Fu Panda creator jailed for two years - The Guardian
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jayme Gordon Guilty On All 4 Counts Of Wire Fraud In Scheme To Sue Dreamworks For Copyright Infringement - Techdirt

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