STALKING LILY CHOU-CHOU -
You seem to be a SUPER individual all the way around...and a fellow Elvis fan to boot! It was certainly not my intention for my post to come across as confrontational either. Although, I do enjoy a good debate from time to time.
Including your suttle but effective jibe at Jim Hill, we collectively have three entries that admonish his character. This is a GOOD thing! I agree that in his own mind, the man considers himself as both marter and legend. One is left with the impression that Hill "humbly" desires to be the only entertainment journalist on the net with credible information.
If Jim were smarter, he'd realize he's more like a Wal-marter.
Copyright infringement is a crime punishable by law, as is plagerism. Disney certainly has the right to seek legal recourse in such cases, where intellectual property or the release of information has blatantly been infringed upon and/or misrepresented. Inevidably, they have taken business intities as well as individuals to court over such matters.
My personal belief is that the vast majority of unofficial Disney related books, DVD's and Internet sites are not guilty of any overt misinformation or material that is in conflict with Copyright law. And I don't think the Company will ever be able to control the release of private thought - positive, cynical or otherwise. To blatantly go on the attack against everybody would: a) be counter productive to Disney's image, b) prevent an immeasurable amount of free publicity, not to mention good will (making the Mouse look like a big rat), and c) it would suck, bite and blow!
Conversely, Disney has, itself, been subject to many mega-lawsuits over intellectual properties (Pooh and Tarzan being two cases in point), as well as theme park accidents. In the latter instance, the Walt Disney Company from day one, in my opinion, has been too quick to settle, and for too much. As a result, it has encouraged scam artists to create lawsuits, both major and frivalous.
I'm kind of an optimistic skeptic of sorts, and strive each day not to be paranoid, in a world full of both diamonds and crap.
Your position about a possible lawsuit binge by Disney is, unfortunately, a real possibility. Though, my contention is that there are too many barriers in place that will serve to keep the corporation from ever doing so.
Hey Mickey, you're so fine.
You're so fine, you blow my mind.
Hey Mickey! Don't sue me!