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Re: [ARSCLIST] The Incompetence of Sonny Bono

Hello Mike, Actually Disney made a cartoon in Kansas City that was based on the Alice in Alice in wonderland. He brought this as his resume around Hollywood trying to get work. A certain Mrs. Winkler was the producer of Pat Sullivan's "Felix the Cat" probably the most popular cartoon at the time. Sullivan refused to work for Winkler anymore and so he hired Disney, Who took the Alice from his Alice in Wonderland cartoon (She not only shared the name, but the look of the Alice character also) and combined her with a cat character "Julius" the cat who was a direct steal from the Felix the Cat character. Also the idea of a young "live" girl named Alice in the wonderland of cartoon animation came to Disney from Dodgson's book. In other words Disney was a not only a scab but an idea thief as well.

Oh yeah, a few years later on he did make a few million from a feature length cartoon entitled "Alice in Wonderland, which I do believe was based on Dodgson's book, and which Dodgson's estate never got a penny out of.

I have produced over 300 acoustic recordings in the last 3 years, I still like to feel that they are historic.


From: Mike Richter <mrichter@xxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx>
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The Incompetence at ENHS
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 12:02:22 -0700

Mike Loughlin wrote:
I hope I can stop your head from itching. First off, the Sonny Bono act did not come from any desire of the American people, who were plenty content with the copyright laws as they were. It is not a tricky "conspiracy theory" it is a very simple straight line from Sonny Bono, a man sent to congress by the entertainment industry to do their bidding. The Sonny Bono act was a piece of legislation primarily to protect the interest of The Disney Corporation, a company that was founded on the character of "Alice" from Alice in Wonderland,

While I concur on the tenor of Mike's post, I quibble in detail.

1. Disney's Alice character shared a name but little else with Dodgson's. Disney's device was integrating live action with animation in those cartoons.

2. The government frequently makes information available only to subsets of the population such as physicians, corporations with whom/which it partners, and those cleared for sensitive data. It could do so with regard to "scholars" if it chose to define the class and impose the restriction.

3. Not all cylinders and acoustic recordings are "historic". I know of at least two made in the past fifty years which have been published in one sense or another.

Again, despite the above imperfections, the points are relevant and well made.


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