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Demon-posessed Disneyland violation?

An August 2011 episode of the animated television show Ugly Americans titled “Wail Street” included the following images:

Ugly Americans, Wail Street

This is obviously, definitely an attempt to depict Disneyland as a place to which demons go on vacation, and certainly it must have been created without Disney review and permission! How do we know this? Because of all the errors — things that certainly wouldn’t get past Disney’s crack legal review team!

For example (just to name a few):

  • Mickey Mouse in the first picture is definitely off model. He looks like some kind of bizarre teleportation-device-failure mixture of our beloved Mickey and Richard Nixon.
  • Doombuggies without rear shells? Please!
  • The Mad Tea Party color scheme, seating arrangements, landscaping, and (judging from the arc of the spew) spin pattern are entirely wrong.

They may disdain valid copyrights, but have they also no respect for the truth? Particularly since this is a show targeted at children (it is a cartoon after all), that is just inexcusable!

  1. Debra
    July 10th, 2013 at 17:08 | #1

    Seems like you guys don’t know a lot about copyright. You need to look up ‘fair use’. Parodies ARE allowed, which most of this stuff you post includes.

    • Not A. Lawyer
      July 15th, 2013 at 17:59 | #2

      We know plenty about fair use. For example, we know that fair use might be good enough for some companies (for example, in our eyes there’s nothing wrong with making all of the knock-off Shrek birthday cakes, fan art, and luggage you want), but as an integral part of America’s culture and heart, The Walt Disney Company answers to a higher authority, and we will not stand idly by while others profit, gain popularity, or even merely enjoy themselves by exploiting the beloved characters in Disney’s cornucopia of child-like enjoyment (Snow White, Mary Poppins, bird-head Tonto, etc.)

      Heck, we think that everyone named Bert is stepping on Mary Poppins’ toes and needs to stop it.

      So there.

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