A comics writer who sued Adam Sandler, his production company, Judd Apatow and Sony Pictures has had his case dismissed after a judge found that using a hair dryer as a weapon was not infrangible
The Second Circuit again finds that brandishing a blow dryer as a weapon is an unprotectable idea and so too is the character’s fighting pose.
“There is no plausible basis for a reasonable jury to find that the parties’ respective expressions of the concept of a crime-fighting hairdresser are substantially similar,” says a panel of judges at the circuit.
Robert Cabell, author of The Hair-Raising Adventures of Jayms Blonde had sued claiming that You Don’t Mess with the Zohan — in which Sandler portrays an Israeli special agent who poses as a hairdresser — had been copied from his comic, which he claimed he had pitched to Columbia.
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