12 responses

  1. Barry Welford
    July 11, 2008

    I’m with you on this one, Dave. Of course I’m sure that even returning the suits to Disney will not mean any less of these fake suits in other countries. However it seems pretty blatant on the part of the couple and they can’t expect to get out of this without penalty.

  2. Jeff
    July 11, 2008

    Balderdash! The items were legally purchased and belonged to the purchasers, Disney has no right to demand that these folks turn over anything. Continuing legal action after the performances were stopped is both malicious and unreasonable. The judge should not only toss this case on it’s ear and he should award the defendants legal fee’s for their trouble.

    In reality Disney has no right to prohibit these people from performing in outfits which they desire. If anyone infringed on Disney’s rights, it was the folks that produced the costumes.

  3. krellpw
    July 11, 2008

    I agree. I can’t imagine you can live in Florida and not think of Disney. I also agree that the couple would have been best served to comply with all of Disney’s demands and they can’t expect to get out of this without penalty. At the same time, a million dollars sounds extreme to me.

  4. Joseph Morin
    July 11, 2008

    I’m with Disney on this one. They are the IP holders and have the right to protect their IP. If they let a few get away here and there then they tarnish the brand and the brand loses its appeal. In a former life I used to be a IP Investigator and Disney was a client. We would seize counterfeit items from the most unsuspecting places where small businesses would think that they could make a profit making images or products in Disney Character’s image. In many times, these product were of defective or poor quality or not fire retardant. If an accident were to occur with a child being burned to death while wearing a Tigger costume, who do you think would get sued first?

    Disney needed the original costumes in order to launch an investigation to identify the manufacturer to cut off this hazard at the source and by not complying, this couple limited those chances of getting inferior product off of the street.

    Disney has every right to protect their brand, image and quality of their vendors and merchandise and to send a message to deter this type of activity from occurring in the future.

  5. Anita Campbell
    July 11, 2008

    I think asking a court for a million bucks far surpasses the damage to Disney in this case.

    I don’t question Disney’s right to defend its intellectual property, but have they really been damaged to the tune of a million bucks over 2 costumes that were taken off the market???? Where’s the damage?

  6. Stoney deGeyter
    July 12, 2008

    I don’t buy their defense that they didn’t know they were imitating Disney characters. That’s just bull. But since they complied with all of Disney’s requests, except for sending in the costumes, the matter should be dropped. Disney has no right to request the destruction of those costumes.

  7. David Wallace
    July 12, 2008

    @Stoney – Actually under trademark laws, I believe they do have a right to demand the costumes so they can destroy them.

  8. Betty
    July 15, 2008

    It is very obvious that a lot of the people who are on Disneys side have not gone to any party rental place where they also have characters for shows. ALL OF THESE BUSSINESSES HAVE DISNEY CHARACTERS so this being the case then Disney should start suing every bussiness out there. It’s another way for the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.

  9. Rebecca
    July 15, 2008

    These items were not legally purchased. It is against the law for these items to be shipped into the united states. They are counterfit and cannot be sold here. As for them not hurting anyone these type of practices hurt all small buisnesses not just disney. These companies steal characters not just from large companies like disney bu small buisnesses as well. They sell them at half the cost and with cheaper materials. The US company then pays the price by the loss of revenue and the buyer that will not return because of the terrible product. Take a look at ebay. Most of the major sellers of Mascot costumes are based out of China or Peru and all items are stolen concepts. Ebay should remove these copmanies and be held accountable.

  10. Mike
    July 17, 2008

    Disney is in the wrong to continue, the family ceased and desisted using the costumes and Disney was not materially hurt. Disney should be going after E-Bay and/or the seller of the products to stop their illegal sale. The family stopped using the legally purchased items once they found out that the products were infringing on Disney’s copyright.

  11. Yamy
    July 24, 2008

    I’m on the little guy’s side on this one, I can’t believe a millionare corporation like Disney would try so hard to step on the little guy here. A million dollars is chump change to Disney, but for a small family business as this one it’s probably 20 years worth of earnings. I find Disney is being completelly unreasonable, if the costumes are no longer being used and it’s obvious the small company lost a lot of business, why not leave it there? In the past I go to Disney at least twice a year with my whole family, and you can imagine all the Disney memorabilia in my kid’s rooms, but I am seriously considering never spending a dollar on anything Disney related ever again.

  12. Ivan G.
    July 24, 2008

    If Walt Disney were alive, do you really think he would make a low-income family go bankrupt?… I think not. DISNEY IS NOT THE SAME COMPANY IT USED TO BE!

    Disney shows and movies make an effort to show positive content and this class-act law sue proves that Disney definitely lost their company morals.

    Disney might think that this is just another file being processed, but to the whole world, it shows what disregard they have for “real values”…

    They might as well make a movie called “How to take food from a deadbeat”

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