Disney cartoons, pretty girls, fair use and free culture?

8 Sep

How one Walt Disney Cartoon was made:

(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs behind-the-scenes)

Here are a couple quotes from the documentary:
“…the thousands of pencil drawings go to the inking department. Here, hundreds of pretty girls…”
“The inked celluloids next go to the painting department where more pretty girls apply the final colors.”

Damn…Walt Disney was a bigger genius than I ever realized. Unfortunately, to some degree, we also have the Disney Company to thank for possibly being detrimental to cultural diversity. One can argue that a rich, continually replenished, public domain is necessary for continued artistic creation. Disney as we know it wouldn’t exist if the current copyright laws were in place years ago because many of Disney’s animated films are based on Nineteenth Century public domain works, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Pinocchio, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Alice in Wonderland, and The Jungle Book.

There has never been a time in history when more of our ‘culture’ was as ‘owned’ as it is now. And yet there has never been a time when the concentration of power to control the uses of culture has been as unquestioningly accepted as it is now. (pg. 28 of Free Culture)

Free Culture is a book about the social dimension of creativity: how creative work builds on the past and how society encourages or inhibits that building with laws and technologies.

free culture
get a digital copy of the book for free


And here’s a humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms:

A Fair(y) Use Tale

the work that must have gone into this…woah.


One Response to “Disney cartoons, pretty girls, fair use and free culture?”


  1. Popular Culture: What are some great resources to find more examples of pop culture remix, such as shown in Everything is a Remix? - Quora - Thursday.Thursday.Thursday.December 8, 2011

    […] couple things that I think belong in the discussion, the Free Culture book and A Fair(y) Use Tale: http://secretunderseacity.wordpr…Comment downvoted • 2:41pmCannot add reply if you are logged out.2:41pm  Fred Landis, […]

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