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As Disney Grows in India, What Will Become of MGM Dizzy World?

11 Jun

There’s been plenty in the media lately about Disney’s increasing presence in India, and the likelihood of a theme park there in the future. Just today, Yahoo! News reported that Disney’s getting ready to announce a joint venture with India’s Yash Raj Films.

All of which makes me wonder, what the heck’s gonna happen to MGM Dizzy World? Wikipedia explains MGM Dizzy World in an article on Chennai tourism:

Spread over 27 acres, this theme park offers joy rides, food stalls and other games. It features one of the first roller coaster rides of Chennai. On the softer side, you have the dashing car drives, and the swimming pool with its water slides.

Now, it’s close to impossible to find detailed information online about this park, let alone many visitor reviews. But to read the review of MGM Dizzy World by Deepa Ravi of Boloji.com, it doesn’t sound likely that MGM Dizzy World could possibly give The Mouse a run for the money. Still, given the name, there could be some interesting copyright and intellectual property issues as Disney continues to expand its presence. I for one will stay tuned.

How Can Disney Own “Bollywood”???

5 Jan

I’ve had this article in my blogreader for a while, and I just keep re-reading it in disbelief: wdwinfo.com reports that Disney now owns the word Bollywood.

First it was neem and Basmati that US companies wanted to register. Now it’s ‘Bollywood’ which has been granted as a trademark to Disney Enterprises Inc. It got the ‘Bollywood’ trademark from the Indian Trademarks Registry.

So, you can soon be drinking Bollywood beer wearing a Bollywood branded sweat shirt and shoes — all owned by US-based Disney. Thus, all sites on the internet containing the word Bollywood, makers of films like Bollywood Hollywood, all albums containing the Bollywood name, and magazines like Bollywood Masala could also be in for a legal battle.

Disney has filed for registration under 7 classes of Schedule 4 of the Indian Trade Mark rules as well which pertain to paper products and film and film equipment. The patent was filed by Delhi-based Anand & Anand Associates for Disney Enterprises, Inc.

(Confused? Don’t know what Bollywood is? Check out this wikipedia article for some context.)

Now, I’m no expert on US copyright law . . . much less Indian copyright law. But I can’t help seeing this in the context of the 1998 Mickey Mouse Protection Act.

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