No. 85-1955.

797 F.2d 1504 (1986)

Lee M. SEILER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. LUCASFILM, LTD., Industrial Light and Magic, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, George Lucas, Jr., and Joseph E. Johnston, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Decided August 26, 1986.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Elliot L. Bien, Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, San Francisco, Cal., for plaintiff-appellant.

Joel Boxer, Nutter, Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert & Matz, Los Angeles, Cal., John Keker, Robert Van Nest, Keker & Brockett, San Francisco, Cal., for defendants-appellees.

Before FARRIS, and BOOCHEVER, Circuit Judges, and KEEP, District Judge.

FARRIS, Circuit Judge:

Lee Seiler, a graphic artist and creator of science fiction creatures, alleged copyright infringement by George Lucas and others who created and produced the science fiction movie "The Empire Strikes Back." Seiler claimed that creatures known as "Imperial Walkers" which appeared in The Empire Strikes Back infringed Seiler's copyright on his own creatures called "Garthian Striders." The Empire Strikes...


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