The Times reports that officials at Disney World, Florida, have been taking the name of intellectual property in vain. James Worley, a somewhat rotund 60-year old who sports a white beard was told that his resemblance to one Mr S Claus made him unwelcome on Disney premises.
Said Mr Worley:
“They told us Santa was considered a Disney character…Their statement to me was that I needed to alter my appearance . . . or I needed to leave the park because I was impersonating Santa Claus.”
Even after he removed his red hat, children still came up to him and asked him if he was St Nick.
“Mr Worley came to the park to enjoy himself and we want him to experience that, but he was confusing a lot of our guests. We already have a Santa in the park and we asked him to quit posing as the same character . . . We had several guests who were very upset about it.”
The IPKat is frankly impressed if Disney has found a way to assert personality rights over a fictional character deeply embedded in Western culture.
Monday, 18 December 2006
Posted by Ilanah at 11:10:00 a.m.