How Deep Is the Disney IP Pool? FREE DOWNLOAD - Infringement Complaint against Costume Retailer Provides Glimpse into Disney’s Immense Copyright/Trademark Holdings

How Deep Is the Disney IP Pool? FREE DOWNLOAD - Infringement Complaint against Costume Retailer Provides Glimpse into Disney’s Immense Copyright/Trademark Holdings

Children dream of dressing as Disney characters, maybe Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh or Buzz Lightyear. But is it the same to dress as Magic Mouse Mascot, Yellow Honey Bear or Magic Astronaut Mascot? Disney thinks so.

On February 4th, Disney filed an infringement lawsuit against a costumer retailer, accusing the retailer of selling character costumes in conjunction with unauthorized reproductions of Disney's properties, including but not limited to, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Tigger, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Lilo, Handy Manny, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and Hello Kitty.

What's interesting about the complaint isn't so much the substantive law but that Disney's exhibits catalogue the company's vast Copyright and Trademark holdings. If you were ever curious about Disney's IP behemoth, the complaint provides an excellent summary.

(click the image below to view the complaint and the exhibits)


 

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