[Web4lib] Disney films based on public domain fairy tales are not derivative works

Yitzchak Schaffer yitzchak.schaffer at gmx.com
Tue Jul 13 13:26:45 EDT 2010

On 7/12/2010 18:46, D.H. Mattison wrote:
> My understanding is that in order for your "new" work to be considered
> original and protected by your copyright, you would have to make creative
> changes to the public domain work. Those mashup novels based on Jane
> Austen's novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and
> Sensibility and Sea Monsters are a perfect case in point.

Are Disney's songs not creative changes? It's hard to claim that there's 
nothing more in those films than the tales in question. Heck, Disney 
often swaps in their own ending which has no relation to the original, 
see The Little Mermaid.

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