On Wednesday, a US cartoonist was sentenced to two years in prison and a $ 3 million fine for having tampered with his drawings to make the DreamWorks studios inspired him to make the animated film Kung Fu Panda. Jayme Gordon, a 51-year-old native of Boston,
was convicted in November of a fraud and false testimony by a Massachusetts jury, the federal prosecutor’s office in Boston said Wednesday. Federal judge Patti Saris sentenced him to two years in prison with more than $ 3 million in restitution, the prosecutor said in a statement.
12 million claimed at DreamWorks
Gordon had drawn a story of pandas, Panda Power, a few months before the film’s release in June 2008. After seeing the trailer for the film, he had resumed his drawings and renamed the Kung Fu Panda Power story to make it Resemble the film. In February 2011, he sued DreamWorks for copyright infringement, before offering the studio $ 12 million to withdraw his complaint – a proposal rejected by DreamWorks. It is in the context of the examination of this complaint that it will appear that Jayme Gordon had erased on his computer the files retracing the modification of his drawings. DreamWorks had also succeeded in showing that Gordon had actually inspired himself, A coloring album of the Lion King to draw his pandas. Kung Fu Panda and his star, a good big panda named Po obliged to become a master of Kung Fu to protect his jungle from a nasty snow panther, were a big popular success: the whole saga, with Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3 , reported some $ 1.8 billion in worldwide sales, according to the Box Office Mojo reference site.