Sunday, July 1, 2007

A Fair(Y) Use Tale - Copright Explained

Disney characters explain Copyright Law - in a humorous video by Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University -

The video is also posted on and so is available for translation to other languages. (Definitely worth waiting for the 10 minute video to download)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm sovereignjohn at toondoo.

Here's part of a copyright discussion that needs to be known...

This concentration goes on in the background of a change in the character of copyright law. My favourite example, which I can't stop repeating, is Mickey Mouse. In 1928, Walt Disney, this hero of mine, developed the character of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willy. Steamboat Willy was ripped off explicitly from Steamboat Bill, a character developed by Buster Keaton. This is a kind of creativity, a Walt Disney kind of creativity. We should celebrate this creativity, the ability freely to rip, mix and burn the culture around us, to take from our culture and re-make it, to do to culture today what Walt Disney did to Buster Keaton in 1928. You can only do this if you have a cellphone with EFF's number programmed in. In 1971, another example, two cartoonmakers were banned from satirizing Mickey Mouse, after federal court action.


Now Disney, which began with a idea copied off of someone else shouts copyright at every turn. This is dishonest.