These are all actually from another thread, but I think it's starting to go off-track and this topic has legs enough to just be on its own.^^
This is from yet another thread, but I also think it fits better here:
If OLC had that kind of power over Disney or even over Duffy, they would own the name and character design, too. If they could and if their modus operandi and motivation was to limit other companies'/artists' creative power, don't you think they'd have "©Oriental Land Company" on Duffy products - at least in Japan even? If they
were gonnacould tell the US what it can and cannot produce, don't you think they'd also insist on having their own artists credited or at least the Company's name mentioned when US artists are doing knock-offs of their work and capitalizing on their investment in an idea the US threw away?
The notion that the OLC has tied Disney's hands and stopped them from being able to produce their "grand vision" of Duffy is patently absurd to the point of laughing out loud, at least as I can understand it, so I doubt that's precisely what Poohstraveler meant. Hopefully we'll get a clarification update from PT soon.^^