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  Nemo is taken to court by author
Updated 28 January 2004, 09.32
Nemo and his dad Marlin get a fright in the film
A French children's author is claiming that the makers of Finding Nemo ripped off his idea and used his characters.

Frank le Clavez is taking Disney and Pixar Films to court saying he wrote a book featuring fish characters long before the film came out.

He claims he was forced to take legal action when book shops in France stopping stocking his book, worried they might be sued by the film makers.

Disney denies the allegation, and the case will be heard by a court in Paris.

Scene from Finding Nemo
The cartoon, about a clownfish who gets separated from his dad in the sea, has just been nominated for four Oscars.

So far it's taken more than $670m (385m) worldwide.

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