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Friday, May 11, 2007

IT DISNEA SAY DISNEY

A Scotsman article HERE discusses the Chinese maintenance of an erzatz Disney theme park full of characters who bear a striking resemblance to the Mouse & friends.
A Disney spokeswoman, Alannah Goss, declined to comment on the Shijingshan park but sent a statement affirming Disney's determination to fight copying.

"Disney values and protects its intellectual property vigorously and takes reports of suspected infringement very seriously," the statement said.

Despite the striking similarities to foreign characters, Mr Yin insisted the Beijing park's were all locally designed.

"Take our Cinderella as an example. The face of Disney's Cinderella is European, but ours is Chinese. She looks like a young Chinese country girl," he said
The reason for copyright of "intellectual propoerty" is that by giving a monoploy for a limited period it allows the inventor to make a serious profit from the time he has put into his invention.

While patent laws, which protect things that actually produce real wealth, are being constantly worn away by big companies we see similar big companies extending their copyright & even moreso "trademark" righta ad infinitum. I do not see that Disney have any moral right to the Mouse, let alone Snow White as characters after all this time.

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