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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Comics Copyrights in Disney v. The "Air Pirates": Legal Battle Over Mickey Mouse Comic Book Parody Spanned a Decade | Suite101.com

A 1970s fight over what part of Disney characters was copyrightable pitted a provocateur cartoonist against a reactionary court, and set a twenty-five-year precedent.

In 1971, cartoonist Dan O'Neill gathered artists Ted Richards, Gary Hallgren, Shary Flenniken, and Bobby London in a San Francisco studio. Considering Walt Disney cartoons symbolic of what was wrong with society, he encouraged the group to create two parodies of Disney comic books, which would become notorious in the case Walt Disney Productions v. The Air Pirates.




Comics Copyrights in Disney v. The "Air Pirates": Legal Battle Over Mickey Mouse Comic Book Parody Spanned a Decade | Suite101.com

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