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Chapter one Creators by Laurence Lessing
“The hard question is therefore not whether a culture is free. All cultures are free to some
degree. The hard question instead is “/How free is this culture?”
Lessing poses this question but why? In his writing he introduces Mickey Mouse and
how he was born not from one imagination but derived from that of Buster Keaton’s
Steamboat Bill Jr. Though a few changes were made to get to Mickey Mouse, How
does one not view this as intellectual theft? Lessing goes on to explain that in 1928
copyright terms were limited to thirty years therefore after thirty years “a work passes
to the public domain” allowing anyone to use or adapt that work as they see fit.
Disney has shown to draw upon others work quite frequently taking from the likes of
the Brothers Grimm and making them more family friendly stories such as “Snow
White (1937), Fantasia (1940), Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942), /Song of the
South (1946), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), /Robin Hood (1952), Peter
Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Mulan (1998), Sleeping Beauty (1959), 101
Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963), and The Jungle Book (1967) and
Treasure Planet (2003)” However this was not seen as intellectual theft and was
dubbed “Walt Disney creativity” as Lessing puts it “Disney (or Disney, Inc.) ripped
creativity from the culture around him, mixed that creativity with his own extraordinary
talent, and then burned that mix into the soul of his culture. Rip, mix, and burn.”
Due to the copyright laws Disney was free to do so. Disney nor America for that
fact had no monopoly on “Walt Disney Creativity” and until recently free culture had
Lessing goes on to use Japanese manga as an example he produces a form of
“copying” called “doujinshi”. In Japan “some 40% of publications are comic books and
30% revenues de...
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