Robinson Sucroe

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Robinson Sucroe
Genre Comedy
Format Animated series
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) France Animation
Cinar
Distributor DHX Media
Broadcast
Original channel France 2
BBC
Teletoon
RTP2
Original airing 1994

Robinson Sucroe (also known as Robinson Sucroë in French) is a 1994 animated series. It was created by France Animation in France and Cinar (now known as Cookie Jar Entertainment) in Canada, which was eventually found to have infringed Claude Robinson's work Les aventures de Robinson Curiosité.[1] The show was a loose adaptation of Robinson Crusoe set with a Looney Tunes twist.

It first aired in France 2 in France, BBC in the U.K., Teletoon in Canada and RTP2 in Portugal. It originally aired on the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV in the United States from 2008 to 2009.

Copyright infringement[edit]

In 2009, Quebec Superior Court Justice Claude Auclair, in a 240-page decision, awarded Claude Robinson $5.2 million in damages. In the 1990s, Cinar, now renamed Cookie Jar Entertainment, copied the work Robinson had previously unsuccessfully presented to them in the 1980s. The company appealed the decision.

As of December 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a unanimous decision, affirmed the judgment in favor of Robinson. In the final judgement, Cinar Corp. will have to reimburse part of the fees incurred by Robinson and this also includes 4 million Canadian dollars in damages. This judgement ended an 18-year battle between Claude Robinson and the Cinar Corp.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monique Muise. (September 4, 2009). Back to the drawing board; ANIMATOR gets on with life after winning 14-year battle over rights to his character. The Gazette, A.6.
  2. ^ Monique Muise. (April 25, 2010). Artist can draw on his friends; Internet Campaign Grows to help Montreal animator whose 14-year plagiarism fight with Cinar Corp. saw him awarded $5.2 million last summer - only to have the decision under appeal and back in court. The Gazette, A.3.
  3. ^ Joël-Denis Bellavance (December 13, 2013). La Cour suprême donne raison à Claude Robinson. La Presse (http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-affaires-criminelles/actualites-judiciaires/201312/23/01-4723507-la-cour-supreme-donne-raison-a-claude-robinson.php)

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