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#33 zenyogi

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 07:16 PM

Just a humble taobump to bring this to the top to increase awareness about Sifu Terry's lawsuit with dreamworks. As Kung fu Panda 3 is going to be released later this year appearantly more awareness should be spread about this.

 

What are the latest updates on this Sifu Terry?


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Posted 12 August 2016 - 06:44 PM

Just a humble taobump to bring this to the top to increase awareness about Sifu Terry's lawsuit with dreamworks. As Kung fu Panda 3 is going to be released later this year appearantly more awareness should be spread about this.

 

What are the latest updates on this Sifu Terry?

Hi ZenYogi,

 

Thank you for asking--and sorry for taking this long(!) to give you a reply.  The 1.5 year delay in response gives you an indication of the level of pressure and oppressive fallout I've had to deal with after Dreamworks prevailed against me in my lawsuit against it for breach of contract in August 2011 and then was able to quash an almost bullet-proof appeal to get a new trial in Calif. Appeals Court in April 2013.  My lawyers and I contend that my Petition for Retrial heard in April 2013 should have been granted immediately by default (because Dreamworks' written opposition had no counter-argument whatsoever for any of my grounds for a new trial citing 4 classes of "reversible error" (as defined by state law) that were blatantly committed by a prejudiced trial judge in instructing the jury), but instead was summarily denied with no legal reasoning whatsoever that rose above "because we say so." 

 

That said, one update is the uploading to the internet last week of this newly expanded informational Timeline that describes and documents my 16+ year development of my "Zen-Bear, the Kung Fu Panda" project starting in 1991, my in-person and telephonic communications with Dreamworks executives from Nov. 20, 2001 to April 12, 2002, and all the events leading up to the filing of my first lawsuit ag. Dreamworks Animation on June 1, 2010.

 

http://www.kungfupan...tspots_New.html

 

Please share this link far and wide.  This Exhibit, where almost every dated event captioned in a vertical "cell" on the Timeline is also linked to corroborating documents, presents overwhelming evidence that Dreamworks did indeed steal all the story elements that I pitched to it over the  5 month period end April 12, 2002, and then published in the press in June of 2002 a very clumsy and sloppy defensive posture that it would contradict 9 years later with its "new" trial defense theory of "independent creation"--all resting on the shoulders of this transparently lying butterball known as Michael Lachance. This is kind of entertaining (in a sick way) if you simply look at the May 29-June 2002 cell on the Timeline, and then scroll to the far right and read the last 5 cells dated March 15, 2011 and later.  Under the June 6, 2011 cell describing Michael Lachance's videotaped deposition, there are links to 7 of what I call his "greatest hits".  All 15 video clips are available on this Youtube channel known as "Eat Your Panda":  https://www.youtube....WMa8fgqWS8qFD-w

 

The new TIMELINE is an in-depth reference exhibit for anyone, including law enforcement, to closely examine the anatomy of idea theft in Hollywood.  Further details and all the implications of the information on this Timeline will be revealed in my forthcoming book as well, titled (what else), "The Theft of Kung Fu Panda," and in a series of book excerpts and web articles coming soon.

 

Part 2 of my update:  I can publicly announce at this time that I will soon be filing in federal court in Los Angeles a copyright infringement lawsuit against Dreamworks Animation over it's use of my story ideas that I had pitched to the studio on Nov. 20, 2001.  Even though I lost a Round One litigation in 2011 alleging breach of implied contract, in which the jury voted 11-to-1 that an implied contract did existed betw. Dreamworks and myself (i.e. the jury believed I pitched what I said I had pitched) but voted 9-to-3 that Dreamworks did NOT use my ideas (an anomalous verdict that was totally rigged by an extremely prejudiced judge who committed 4 classes of reversible error in instructing the jury), for this case in federal court, I am alleging that Dreamworks copied my artworks, animation themes, and other creative expressions that I had created since 1992 and that were all transmitted to Dreamworks during the discovery phase of the first trial.  This pending case is based on Dreamworks copying some of my "Zen-Bear Kung Fu Panda" art designs (all protected by registered copyrights) and story elements (beyond the contents of my pitch to the studio in Nov. 2001)  and using them in their Kung Fu Panda 2 and KF Panda 3 movies, and also possibly in numerous ancillary products (merchandise).   Whereas in the 2011 trial, the trial judge only instructed the jury to compare my pitch to the first KF Panda movie (released June 2008) and to determine whether their movie was substantially similar to the contents of my pitch. 

 

The homepage of the governing "kungfupandalawsuit.com" website is currently undergoing a massive overhaul, and will go online in about 1 or 2 weeks.

 

Thanks to all for your support of Justice.

 

 

Sifu Terence Dunn

 

 

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:24 AM

Although I've never had anything published, I've done enough writing to be able to imagine how crappy it would be to come up with and flesh out an idea, only to have someone else snatch it and claim it as their own to the whole world. I really hope your next legal action pulls through, corporations shouldn't be able to get away with that kind of blatant plagiarism.

 

Just a thought, have you considered creating some kind of video documentary, to give a visual narrative to your case and your legal struggle? You could introduce yourself to put a personal face on the whole issue, give details about your kung fu training which lead to the inspiration for the concept, then outline your own creative process and the theft by Dreamworks which you've laid out in the timeline, show direct visual and narrative comparisons between your own creation and their movies, include clips from the court cases, and then tell viewers what they can do to help out. A kind of mini-documentary.

 

Your timeline is detailed, but people have short attention spans these days, and even if they read it and repost/retweet it, they're likely to forget it by the end of the day. Taking everything and tying it into a single major video which would be easy for people to both watch and to spread would grab a lot of attention, especially if you manage to get it to some major mainstream or alternative media outlets (even something like an appearance in a major podcast would draw a lot of attention to your case).

 

I don't know if it's feasible, or even wise from a legal perspective, but it seems like these kind of videos and documentaries are the quickest ways to gain public traction for a cause, and even if the legal system fails you, this would give you a chance to put your story out there and let people know the truth.

 

Good luck Sifu Terry.


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Posted 16 August 2016 - 09:53 PM

From an old Team 'Murica propaganda article that completely ignores the TRUTH behind this movie:

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BEIJING -- The blockbuster success of an American animated movie that's set in ancient China, highlights Chinese culture, mythology and architecture and stars a kung fu fighting panda has filmmakers and ordinary Chinese wondering: Why wasn't this hit made . . . in China?

blame a lack of imagination

Of course, the irony is that HOLLYWOOD is the one who lacks imagination...and thus STOLE this whole idea from a Chinese immigrant!

Plaintiff Terry Dunn discloses 1992 creation date of his original concept of a Kung-Fu-fighting panda bear and other story elements, which he alleges in his lawsuit were stolen by Dreamworks executives Lance Young and Michael Lachance in 2002 following his "Zen-Bear®" pitch and subsequent discussions.

The new TIMELINE is an in-depth reference exhibit for anyone, including law enforcement, to closely examine the anatomy of idea theft in Hollywood.  Further details and all the implications of the information on this Timeline will be revealed in my forthcoming book as well, titled (what else), "The Theft of Kung Fu Panda," and in a series of book excerpts and web articles coming soon.

...Welcome to Murica!!! B)

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 07:33 PM

the hotspot website link doesn't work by the way.  Definitely need a website.

It's taken a long test of patience and faith over several years to get out from under the fall-out of this I.P. theft that took place in 2002 and to see the karmic cycle finally approach just resolution 14 years later.  So 2 weeks ago, I uploaded to the web this enhanced Timeline Exhibit:

 

http://www.kungfupan...tspots_New.html

 

--especially with people working in news media and internet news.  It's finally time to get the full story out through a forthcoming book, national magazine articles, and web news articles.

 

The governing website for this Timeline exhibit,

 

http://www.kungfupandalawsuit.com,

 

is going a major overhaul and renovation from its 2012 version and will be up soon.

 

Thanks for your support of Universal Justice--i.e., perfected justice.

 

Best,

 

Sifu Terence Dunn


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:23 PM

From an old Team 'Murica propaganda article that completely ignores the TRUTH behind this movie:

Of course, the irony is that HOLLYWOOD is the one who lacks imagination...and thus STOLE this whole idea from a Chinese immigrant!

...Welcome to Murica!!! B)

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Gendao,

 

Thank you for making this point.  In June 2008, right after dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda was released worldwide and in China, Chinese cultural leaders were actually asking each other:  "How come no one in China came up with such a creative and innovative idea?"  And "How could we let the Americans take China's national symbol, the panda, and one of its cultural treasures, martial arts, and turn it into American low-brow, slap-stick Jack Black humor?"  There were plenty of Chinese foreheads banging on walls inside the Cultural Ministry in self-recrimination.

 

http://www.washingto...8071103281.html

 

Reading about such reactions to Kung fu Panda within China of course just added salt to the wound of Dreamworks theft in 2002 intellectual property theft (as I will allege in a forthcoming copyright infringement suit in federal court). 

 

*If you look closely at Timeline's  May 29-June 2, 2002 cell linking to the Hollywood Reporter article and then review the monumental trial defense theory contained in Chris Kuser's March 15, 2011 signed Declaration with 27 attached documents, you will see how much money, energy, brain-power, and diabolical thinking Dreamworks spent in creating this totally bogus defense theory--all ordered buy Jeffrey Katzenberg (who said at trial "the buck stops here (with me)" and carried out by Dreamworks lawyers at Loeb & Loeb, which all unravels and stands as a brazen lie to hide its theft forever because its lynchpin, Michael Lachance, is seen lying transparently as the professed creator of the Kung fu Panda movie idea in his deposition videos.  Lachance's performance as a bad liar in this whole sickening affair is at least  entertaining.

 

At any rate, 5 years after my first trial was derailed by a prejudiced trial judge and 3 years after my first appeal was quashed by what my lawyers and I content is public corruption in the California Court of Appeals, anger no longer clouds my will, and now it's steady dispassionate work on my part to get the entire story of Dreamworks' method of idea theft that I testified to at trial in 2011--which my lawyers and I believe includes witness tampering, fabrication fo evidence, and bribery of public officals-- out via news media, publishing, and the internet.   Forthcoming is a book with titled (what else?):  "The Theft of Kung Fu Panda".  Also a series of national magazine articles by the two most respected journalists in America specializing in reporting on complex big business scandals  (e.g., 2008 financial meltdown and a recent big pharma scandal) , and a new copyright infringement suit that I will be filing in the near future.

 

Again, the whole story of my development of Zen-Bear, the Kung Fu Panda, and my communications with dramworks is contained on this  Timeline exhibit that I recently updated:

http://www.kungfupan...tspots_New.html

 

(The governing website is currently being overhauled and updated and will be up in a week or two.)

 

Thanks for your support, for seeing into the heart of this matter, and for sharing the truth far and wide.

 

Terence Dunn

 

 

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