DISNEY DISNEY is facing a barrage of copyright lawsuits over its animated film, The Jungle Book.
A group of copyright holders are claiming that the film infringes on the copyright of a Disney song, The Big Chill, which was used in the film.
The song was written by Disney’s own Alan Menken, who wrote and sang the song for the film’s opening title sequence.
But the lawsuit claims that the song is in fact copyrighted by Disney.
It alleges that Menken’s song was a derivative work of Menken and his songwriters, not Disney, and the claim is being used by the Disney-owned company to attempt to silence its critics and silence critics’ efforts to defend Menken.
Disney and its lawyers say the suit is a way to silence critics who believe that Mencken’s song is too similar to Disney’s film.
“Disney is not seeking to silence those who criticize the film,” Disney’s attorneys said in a statement to The New York Times.
“The claim, that Menkens song is not the same as that of Disney, is false.
The song is copyrighted by Menkyns songwriters and is a derivative of the Menkys work.
The claim is also untrue because Menkenson has never claimed to have invented Menken’s original work, nor has he ever acknowledged his contribution to the song.”
The Disney-owner is claiming that Menkeen has a right to use his song, even if Disney’s copyright claim is false, because Menken has “created his own sound” and “did not rely upon any material borrowed from Menkins work.”
The suit also says that Menkens song “did have a musical component” in the plot of the film, and that Menkes lyrics and melody were “used to convey an emotional response” to the film which is why the song “contains an emotional theme that resonates with those who saw the film.”
The claim is the latest in a string of copyright cases that have rocked the entertainment industry.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court struck down a copyright law that would have forced Disney to pay record labels royalties for music that they wrote for its films.
That decision came after a decade-long legal battle between the entertainment and music industries, which had argued that music made for a film should not be exempt from copyright law.