Cabin in the Woods: Part III

Back in April, we covered the news of a man who sued Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard for allegedly stealing the movie Cabin in the Woods in two posts.

In the latter post, I discussed that many of the allegedly copied elements were “scenes a faire,” or generic elements of the horror genre that cannot be claimed as original elements. Thus, copying them would not constitute copyright infringement – as copyright only protects original expressions of an idea.

The judge in the case recently dismissed the suit, agreeing with my analysis, and adding that once you go beyond these basic elements, the plots of the two films differ substantially.