NY judge: 'Disturbia' did not copy short story

NEW YORK (AP) - September 22, 2010

Federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain tossed out a lawsuit late Tuesday in which Steven Spielberg and others were sued by the estate of the literary agent who owned the rights to the short story on which "Rear Window" was based. The short story was written by Cornell Woolrich in 1942. Woolrich died in 1968.

"Disturbia" stars Shia LaBeouf as a kid who spies on neighbors, including a man he suspects is a serial killer.

Swain said similarities between the story and "Disturbia" were not protected by copyright. She said they were similar only "at very general levels of abstraction."

Messages left with lawyers on both sides were not immediately returned.

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