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01/24/2007

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Lokii

So I'm going to get sued by Disney?

Holly

Nope. First of all, yours bears more resemblance to the public domain original. Second, as a parody, yours is protected under the "fair use doctrine." Clearly, it is not only humorous, but more importantly, critical of the original. See https://www.batnet.com/rjg/parody.html Third, even if the glass slippers were an invention of Disney's (and I really think those came into play in an earlier French-English translation of the tale, anyway), I don't think they can copyright "glass slippers."

Just for future reference, you don't want to be sued by Disney. They're not nice about it, from all I've heard. They sued a daycare center for painting a mural of Disney characters on the side of the building, for instance. (While character names, generally, cannot be copyrighted, companies like Disney and Marvel have been known to trademark them, so be careful - you may be fine on the copyright score, only to be sued for a trademark violation.) I see, though, that the tables are being turned, with hospitals and even Hell's Angels suing Disney over similar violations. ;) Everyone has to play fair.

Lokii

Parody?

Its a romantic(ish) fairytale! ;p

I did hear about them suing a school for singing a copyrighted Disney song as part of a school concert. Can't remember where though, maybe it never happened.

Holly

That wouldn't surprise me. The right to perform a work of music is part of the rights held under law by the creator of it. They should have asked and obtained permission. Disney might have given them one-time rights or something along those lines, but by not asking and performing it publicly, they set a precedent for others, leading others to think "Oh, that must be okay." While it sounds callous to sue a school for children performing a cute song meant for kids to enjoy, they're looking at the big picture. (A lot of lawsuits can be settled for $1 plus ridiculous court costs and lawyers' fees - I doubt Disney would have been after the money, but the principle that was at stake. Since "common law" is based on precedent, it's a good idea to get a court case on the books that reinforces what copyright means. )

Red Pen

Your son's summary is hilarious!

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