Suit: Spielberg Copied Hitchcock

Copyright owner says Disturbia rips off Rear Window
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Sep 9, 2008 10:12 AM CDT
In this photo originally provided by Paramount Pictures, Shia LeBeouf in a scene from "Disturbia."    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Steven Spielberg ripped off Rear Window when he made last year’s thriller Disturbia, a lawsuit filed yesterday alleges. The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic was based on a 1942 short story, and the owner of the rights to the story has sued for compensation from Spielberg, DreamWorks, and Paramount Pictures, the AP reports. The defendants declined comment.