Overhype

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
kim jong un, licensing, moranbong, north korea

Companies:
disney



Kim Jong Un's Mysterious Female Companion Hides The Real Issue: Piracy Of Disney Characters!

from the really? dept

There's an almost entirely silly article over at CNN speculating -- with absolutely no knowledge -- about the identity of a woman seen frequently with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. I'm not quite sure how that makes a news story, but what caught Dark Helmet's eye was that in this bizarre little story, there was a bit from Disney, in which it felt compelled to mention that a performance seen by Kim and the woman that included Disney characters was not authorized:
The mystery woman accompanied the young leader to a Pyongyang theater on Friday night to watch a performance of North Korea's Moranbong band. The display included a cast of Disney characters, attracting the attention of The Walt Disney Company which issued a statement Tuesday saying it had not authorized their use.
As if (1) anyone cared about that or (2) anyone actually thought that Disney had licensed its characters to the North Korean government for a special performance.

This is what happens when, as a company, you seem to have infringement-on-the-brain, and think anything and everything must absolutely be framed within the context of whether or not something is infringing.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jul 2012 @ 9:09am

    Re: Re: Ummm....

    More specifically, it isn't like the Grimm Brothers collected folk tales for their anthology A FEW HUNDRED YEARS prior to the first use by Disney.

    Even if they were copyrighted by the Grimm Brothers, it would have definitely been public domain.

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