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Spielberg ripped off Hitchcock classic, suit says

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Tbdstevenspielberg090908 Steven Spielberg did more than rip off the plot of last year's Disturbia from Rear Window -- a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan says he out-and-out stole it from Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic, Reuters reports.

DreamWorks, Viacom and Universal Pictures are all accused of copyright infringement and breach of contract for making the film, which involves a nosy guy noticing his neighbor may or may not have killed someone. Spielberg, who owns DreamWorks, also is named as a defendant.

Filed by the Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, the suit states that Rear Window was adapted from Murder From a Fixed Viewpoint, a short story by Cornell Woolrich. Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart got the movie rights in 1953, something the suit says DreamWorks shoulda done.

"In the Disturbia film the defendants purposefully employed immaterial variations or transparent rephrasing to produce essentially the same story as the Rear Window story," the lawsuit said. Did these people just get a DVD player? No doikey it rips off Rear Window. Next up, Akira Kurosawa's estate will finally realize Star Wars is actually The Hidden Fortress with spaceships.

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