Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Neapolitan court orders Tweety Bird to sing

According to this story, posted today on Yahoo! News, a court in Naples, Italy issued summonses to Tweety Bird, Mickey Mouse, and Donald and Daisy Duck.

The summonses were issued in connection with a criminal trial of a Chinese man accused of counterfeiting Disney and Warner Brothers products bearing the likenesses of the aforementioned rodent and his feathered friends. Ariel David's story for the Associated Press explains it was all a clerical error: "Instead of naming only the companies and their legal representatives, clerks also wrote in the witness list the names of the cartoons that decorated the toys and gadgets the man had reproduced."

Cristina Ravelli, a Disney lawyer, says the trial will probably be continued while summonses are rewritten.

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