Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 09:26 UTC
Legal "Though a deeply divided Congress is currently considering Internet website censorship legislation, the US has no such official policy - not even for child porn, which is voluntarily blocked by some ISPs. Nor does the US have a government-backed 'three strikes' or 'graduated response' system of escalating warnings to particular users accused of downloading music and movies from file-sharing networks. Yet here was the ultimatum that the US Embassy in Madrid gave the Spanish government in February 2008: adopt such measures or we will punish you. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we have the text of the diplomatic cable announcing the pressure tactics." Isn't it funny that one of the main driving forces behind the push for more stringent copyright laws, Disney, has built its empire almost entirely on appropriating European public domain stories? As a European, that's just insulting.
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RE: Comment by Soulbender
by Claxus on Sun 8th Jan 2012 11:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
Claxus
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2007-07-19

I cannot prove this, but I think Tove Jansson, the finish author of Mumintrollet refused to open the door to Disney when she was alive, but she also wrote it in her will. Haha!

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by bitwelder on Mon 9th Jan 2012 08:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
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2010-04-27

Quoting Wikipedia article ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moomin ):

The Jansson family has kept the rights of Moomins and controlled the Moomin Boom. The artistic control is now in the hands of Lars Jansson's daughter, Sophia Jansson-Zambra. Wanting to keep the control over Moomins, the family has turned down offers from the Walt Disney Company.

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by zima on Fri 13th Jan 2012 23:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Mumintrollet? Those are trolls?! O_o
As if Buka (or, apparently, Groke) wasn't childhood-destroying-scary enough...

Yes, Wiki art linked by bitwelder has a snippet which would agree with you - and glancing over it, another curious (mostly unrelated to the issue) thing popped out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moomins_(TV_series) ...my place has its own (in coop with Austria & DE) series, even supposedly more "pro" & faithful * not washed out than the NL-FI-JP one visible in the 90s?
Damn, TV lies; children TV outright builds distorted world views ;/

It will be really "funny" when (if? ;/ ) Muminki (take that @your trollet! ;p ) will enter public domain - and Disney will promptly release their version, after decades of sabotaging PD.
And I bet that version would be ultimately most remembered and so on.

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