Nemo finds way to French court

Franck Le Calvez is suing Disney and animation studios Pixar for copyright infringement and breach of trademark. The French children's book author has told a Paris court that the main fish character in the Disney film Finding Nemo, which has so far grossed $850 million, was a direct copy of a character he created: a cheerful orange-and-white clown fish named Pierrot.Le Calvez says that he registered Pierrot the Clown Fish -- both character and story -- with the French authors' copyright association in 1995. The story, like Disney's movie, features a young fish separated from his family. Lawyers for Le Calvez said the first 30,000 copies of Pierrot the Clown Fish, published in November 2002, had sold out. But a second edition in October 2003 did not sell well ... because bookshops did not want to stock it alongside Disney's Finding Nemo books, they said.

Read all about Pierrot vs. Nemo at The Guardian.