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(Cartoon Brew)   Disney tries to copyright "Día de los Muertos" (aka the Mexican Day of the Dead, which is a popular holiday in Mexico). More than a few Mexicans are upset with this   ( divider line
    More: Dumbass, Day of the Dead, Disney, Lee Unkrich, patent lawyers, Pixar, online community  
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3046 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 19 May 2013 at 3:46 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-05-19 03:57:56 PM  
2 votes:
Does this mean a Grim Fandango 2?
2013-05-19 06:28:57 PM  
1 vote:
The public domain has been Disney's favorite whorehouse for so long is it any surprise that by now they think they can just go balls deep on the piano player without asking?
2013-05-19 05:05:35 PM  
1 vote:

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Which is why I will never pay for anything Disney related again. My uncle worked for LucasArts back in the day, in fact he is in the credits of most of the early games. Disney destroyed an icon.

Well to be fair, Lucasarts did a great job in destroying an icon.  Disney just shot the zombie in the head and buried the remains.
2013-05-19 04:32:08 PM  
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/approves, since LucasArts was purchased (and shuttered) by Disney
2013-05-19 04:31:30 PM  
1 vote:

cyberspacedout: They can't. What they can try to do is trademark a written expression. It won't work, of course, if that expression is already in popular use.

I doubt it would work for film titles either. There's already a "Day Of The Dead" from 1985, and "El día de los muertos" from 2007.

Well first, it is basically impossible to trademark the title to a work such as a book or movie alone.  However, it is possible to trademark such a title if it can be shown that (1) it is the title of a series of works (see Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc) (2) you are actually trademarking the title in respect o associated materials such as toys, clothing and other merch.

Of course to do this you would have to show strong association by consumers with the chosen mark and the producer of these products.  It is also therefore likely that Disney would never have gotten a broad mark on the term DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, but may have gotten a narrow logo mark ("i.e. the movie title's font, see, e.g.:
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or a narrow wordmark, such as DISNEY'S DIA DE LOS MUERTOS")

In other words, this is more a story about people not having any clue about IP law and Disney thus blundering into a PR issue than any actual story.

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2013-05-19 04:19:47 PM  
1 vote:
Subby fails reading comprehension, also Disney dropped their plans to register the urls and apply for ownership of this phrase a couple of weeks ago.  Old news is useless.  Cartoon Brew is for idiots.
2013-05-19 04:04:16 PM  
1 vote:
Walt Disney having problems with cultural insensitivity?  Can't be true, they have a long track record of well considered, socially conscious, movie making.

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2013-05-19 03:30:32 PM  
1 vote:
Subby doesn't know the difference between copyright and trademark even though its in the first sentence of the TFA, LOL!
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