Utynam was delighted to stumble across a Disney guide to
copyright law on the internet this month.
The 10-minute "A Fair(y) Use Tale" film, which wisely makes
it clear at the beginning that it has nothing to do with
Disney, was produced by Bucknell University professor Eric
Faden to explain copyright law.
The film uses tiny snippets of dialogue from Disney
characters to define copyright rules. At times the level of
surrealism rivals anything in the entertainment company's own
The highlight is hearing characters from Beauty and the
Beast, Aladdin, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Dumbo
chorus: "So, the public domain is necessary for a living,
thriving society. Duh!"
A lot of people find IP law devilishly complicated and
Utynam applauds any attempt to make the subject easier to
understand. He also hopes that Disney's lawyers stopped tearing
their hair out long...