Friday, May 04, 2007

Not Disneyland

Yes, this building sure does look a lot like the Magic Kingdom castle at Disneyland. But it's not.

And yes, these two characters might look a lot like Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse, but they're not. Apparently, the 'thing' on the left is an "original character" and the one on the right is "a cat with big ears".

Welcome to the world's most bold and outlandish example of mass copyright and trademark violation and exploitation, disguised as a theme park.

Naturally, it's in "what does copyright mean?" China.

Presenting the Shijingshan Amusement Park. Here's some more info :

With its slogan “Disneyland is too far,” Beijing’s Shijingshan Amusement Park features a replica of Cinderella’s Castle, with staff dressed like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other Disney characters.

None of this is authorized by Disney - but that has not stopped the state-owned park from creating its own counterfeit version of the Magic Kingdom in a brazen example of the sort of open and widespread copyright piracy that has Washington fuming.

That explanation for the Minnie Mouse rip-off, "It's a cat, with big ears" came from the president of the amusement park! Hilarious.

As a couple of commenters pointed out on this blog, how exactly are Disney lawyers going to sue the Chinese government for copyright and trademark violations, when most of the merchandise Disney flogs all over the world, for spectacular markups, are produced in factories owned by the Chinese government?

Good question.

Go here for a feast of photos that show characters who are not Shrek, not the Seven Dwarfs, not Snow White, not Winnie The Poo and not Tigger.

Not Snow White...

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