'Disturbia' mirrors 'Window,' suit claims

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DreamWorks' "Disturbia" is a rip-off of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan federal court.

According to the Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, which owns the rights to Cornell Woolrich's short story "Murder From a Fixed Viewpoint," Hitchcock obtained the rights to turn the story into a film in 1953. However, the trust claims DreamWorks did not do the same.

The lawsuit contends that "Disturbia" and "Rear Window" are "essentially the same" stories. Both are murder mysteries solved by a man peering from his window.

Also named as a defendant is Steven Spielberg, who declined comment through a spokesman. Reps for DreamWorks parent Viacom did not immediately comment.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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