Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Rumors and News
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-28-2013, 05:58 PM   #46
ToddS
Mouseketeer
 
ToddS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Caldwell, NJ USA
Posts: 114

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lewisc View Post
The rumor I heard is slightly different. The issue wasn't with guests taking pictures but with professional photographers (Disney) taking pictures with guests.
This is what I was saying at the beginning. The issue was not with the taking of pictures by guests or by anyone; it was the selling of the image. As I understood it, the owners of the real theater were entitled to a cut. This would explain the website photo as well -- since access to the website is free, no royalty needed to be paid on that image.
__________________
"You can't put a price tag on creativity."
"If we lose our customers, it'll cost us twice as much to get them back."
-- Walt Disney
ToddS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 06:57 PM   #47
hydrotony
DIS Veteran
 
hydrotony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: West Central Florida
Posts: 638

The origin of The Hat and why it was built was discussed in Episode 18 of "The Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish with Jim Hill" podcast available on iTunes for free. Jim Hill and Len Testa discuss The Hat in the first 8 minutes of the podcast and there is absolutely no mention of trademark, copy-write or other legal issues concerning its placement or reason why it is where it is. Making money was the reason.
__________________
Magic Kingdom - 1978, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
EPCOT - 1985, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Disney MGM/Hollywood Studios - 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Animal Kingdom - 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Universal Studios Florida - 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Islands Of Adventure - 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Six Flags Great Adventure - 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000
Busch Gardens Tampa - 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Busch Gardens Williamsburg - 1984, 1993 & 2013
SeaWorld Orlando - 2012, 2013 & 2014
hydrotony is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 02-01-2013, 09:56 AM   #48
Mouse14
Wish I was at the Lodge
 
Mouse14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Brandon,Fl
Posts: 334

Just spoke with a photo pass photographer and she said that there are portions of the Chinese theater they are not allow to take pictures of. Just like on rock n roller coaster they can't take a picture of the "Hanes" logo. And on tower of terror they have to take a picture of the entire thing
__________________
Fort Wilderness countless times (1990-now)
Allstar resorts- couple times

Dates i can remember....
Annual pass holder in Feb 2010

Wilderness lodge- (Feb 4,5,6 2010)(Feb 4,5,6 2011)
Caribbean Beach - (Mar 2010)
Saratoga Springs- (July 2010)
Coronado- (Aug2010)
Offsite for Not so scary Halloween party (Oct 2010)
Allstar Movies for Very Merry Christmas party (Dec2010)

POP for Vey Merry (Dec 2011)
Aulani for honeymoon (Feb 4-11 2012)
Mouse14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 03:03 PM   #49
YoHo
If you have any poo to fling, now is the time.
 
YoHo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Roseville, Ca.
Posts: 3,944

Did she say which portions?

And is she allowed to take a picture "of the entire thing?"
__________________
YoHo, YoHo a Pirates life for me.

Critical thinking about Disney at
www.july171955.com

"That's why I love Walt Disney. It costs $100,000 to build a spire you didn't need. The secret of Disney is doing things you don't need and doing them well and then you realize you needed them all along." - Ray Bradbury
YoHo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #50
Mouse14
Wish I was at the Lodge
 
Mouse14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Brandon,Fl
Posts: 334

Quote:
Originally Posted by YoHo View Post
Did she say which portions?

And is she allowed to take a picture "of the entire thing?"
I asked her which portions and she said she is fairly new and has not yet been trained on the Chinese theater. she has only been trained on ToT and Rocken Roller. She pointed towards where photopass members who have been trained on in could give me more info, but i couldn not find them. But she did say that she cannot take pictures of the whole thing. And it does have to do with copyright laws. But the same rules go for the other rides....
__________________
Fort Wilderness countless times (1990-now)
Allstar resorts- couple times

Dates i can remember....
Annual pass holder in Feb 2010

Wilderness lodge- (Feb 4,5,6 2010)(Feb 4,5,6 2011)
Caribbean Beach - (Mar 2010)
Saratoga Springs- (July 2010)
Coronado- (Aug2010)
Offsite for Not so scary Halloween party (Oct 2010)
Allstar Movies for Very Merry Christmas party (Dec2010)

POP for Vey Merry (Dec 2011)
Aulani for honeymoon (Feb 4-11 2012)
Mouse14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2013, 09:57 AM   #51
Budshark
Mouseketeer
 
Budshark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 222

The law trumps urban legend:

Quote:
Does copyright protect architecture?
Yes. Architectural works became subject to copyright protection on December 1, 1990. The copyright law defines “architectural work” as “the design of a building embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings.” Copyright protection extends to any architectural work created on or after December 1, 1990. Also, any architectural works that were unconstructed and embodied in unpublished plans or drawings on that date and were constructed by December 31, 2002, are eligible for protection. Architectural designs embodied in buildings constructed prior to December 1, 1990, are not eligible for copyright protection. See Circular 41, Copyright Claims in Architectural Works
http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html

Since the theater cannot be protected by Copyright law, it would be a huge stretch to imagine a situation that Disney wrote into a contract that new owners could block their use. In FACT, even assuming there is a contract would be a stretch considering the physical design of the building can be replicated over and over and used for whatever means desired WITHOUT asking for permission. Why would Disney decide to enter into a contract for something that wouldn't require a contract?
__________________
ME DW DD(11) DS(5)
Budshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2013, 03:28 PM   #52
YoHo
If you have any poo to fling, now is the time.
 
YoHo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Roseville, Ca.
Posts: 3,944

Quote:
Originally Posted by Budshark View Post
The law trumps urban legend:



http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html

Since the theater cannot be protected by Copyright law, it would be a huge stretch to imagine a situation that Disney wrote into a contract that new owners could block their use. In FACT, even assuming there is a contract would be a stretch considering the physical design of the building can be replicated over and over and used for whatever means desired WITHOUT asking for permission. Why would Disney decide to enter into a contract for something that wouldn't require a contract?
All of this was covered in the thread already. I posted it. The building could be trademarked and certain artwork on the building could be copyrighted.
__________________
YoHo, YoHo a Pirates life for me.

Critical thinking about Disney at
www.july171955.com

"That's why I love Walt Disney. It costs $100,000 to build a spire you didn't need. The secret of Disney is doing things you don't need and doing them well and then you realize you needed them all along." - Ray Bradbury
YoHo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2013, 04:17 PM   #53
ToddS
Mouseketeer
 
ToddS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Caldwell, NJ USA
Posts: 114

And by the way, as a long-time lurker on this board, I just want to say: Landbaron, Horace Horsecollar, YoHo, Raidermatt... it is sooooooo fantastic to be reading posts from you guys again. Like old times. I had almost forgotten how thought-provoking the discussions here used to be!
__________________
"You can't put a price tag on creativity."
"If we lose our customers, it'll cost us twice as much to get them back."
-- Walt Disney
ToddS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2013, 05:22 PM   #54
cmash95
a princess at heart
 
cmash95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: tampa fl
Posts: 716

the only reason that the hat hasn't come down is the cost of taking it down. I have talked to people who were responible for the hat's placement in the first place and they have all said that first eisne and now skaggs doesn't want to spend the money nor take down the area including the movie ride, in order to take down the hat. They would also have to find a new pin spot as well. There is no copywrite or any other issue with the owners of the chinese theater since the theater was built with the opening of the park and it's considered a national landmark. It was built before the present ownership and the terms of it's use were part of the purchase. I have heard this rumor so many times in the past few years I can't tell you how many but yes it's definitely an uban legend.
__________________
Chris@---<---
june 2002- grand princess
september 2005- island princess
september 2006- carnival miracle
may 2008 - disney magic reposition through panama canal
December 2009 - disney magic eastern with stop in st croix.
August 2010 - disney wonder 5 day castaway cay
june 2011- dinsey dream 5 day castaway cay
june 2012- Disney fantasy 7 day eastern
cmash95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 10:15 AM   #55
Lewisc

DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 18,466

Quote:
Originally Posted by cmash95 View Post
the only reason that the hat hasn't come down is the cost of taking it down. I have talked to people who were responible for the hat's placement in the first place and they have all said that first eisne and now skaggs doesn't want to spend the money nor take down the area including the movie ride, in order to take down the hat. They would also have to find a new pin spot as well. There is no copywrite or any other issue with the owners of the chinese theater since the theater was built with the opening of the park and it's considered a national landmark. It was built before the present ownership and the terms of it's use were part of the purchase. I have heard this rumor so many times in the past few years I can't tell you how many but yes it's definitely an uban legend.
They didn't have to remove the Great Movie Ride in order to install the hat. Why would they have to remove the ride in order to remove the hat? One night take a chain saw and cut the hat into pieces. The only reason they'd have to tear down the movie ride is if the rumors regarding the photo restrictions are true.

I no longer believe the rumor. The hat is consistent with what Disney thinks (or at least) thought was good themeing. Look at the value resorts. EPCOT Spaceship Earth.

A company can get a trademark on a building. Allows them to use it as a logo. Creates potential issues with commercial photography. It's plausible that potential issues with Disney photography was a factor. Were there even that many Disney photographers taking guest pictures in the 90s?

Last edited by Lewisc; 02-05-2013 at 10:22 AM.
Lewisc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 10:25 AM   #56
mbrou24
Theme Park Veteran
 
mbrou24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 217

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lewisc

They didn't have to remove the Great Movie Ride in order to install the hat. Why would they have to remove the ride in order to remove the hat? One night take a chain saw and cut the hat into pieces. The only reason they'd have to tear down the movie ride is if the rumors regarding the photo restrictions are true.

I no longer believe the rumor. The hat is consistent with what Disney thinks (or at least) thought was good themeing. Look at the value resorts. EPCOT Spaceship Earth.

A company can get a trademark on a building. Allows them to use it as a logo. Creates potential issues with commercial photography. It's plausible that potential issues with Disney photography was a factor. Were there even that many Disney photographers taking guest pictures in the 90s?
You still wouldn't have to get rid of the ride itself. Just the exterior theming of the building.
mbrou24 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 11:33 AM   #57
Budshark
Mouseketeer
 
Budshark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 222

The problem I have with this whole thread is that it is a typical urban legend...

Lets really step back and look at this. For this to be true...

Disney got "permission" to build a replica of the Chinese Theatre on the park, as a prominent fixture, but somehow forgot to get contractual rights to fully use this central fixture.

But... that was ok for 12 years. Nobody seemed to mind.

Then... the hat was installed blocking the theatre. Now, the hat was either a part of a celebration, or an elaborate scheme to block the theatre that just happened to coincide with the 100 years.

After the hat was installed, NOW, somebody associated with the Chinese Theatre took offense with the use of the now blocked theatre and decided that it was a trademark violation. Disney is now stuck with a giant hat and a global icon that use to be the center piece of a park that they decided to leave as is, but forbid photopass workers from taking pictures. Please disregard the photos used by Disney for park promotion. Those don't count.

Or of course, we could believe that Disney likes a giant Disney image being the center of the park vs. a replica of a building in another state, owned by someone else, able to be used by other people, making iconic images of their park not all that unique.

But.. of course, its more logical to believe that in 2001, an amazing sequence of events occurred to fulfill this theory.... and it was all started because somebody spent a couple billion on a theme park but forgot to properly secure rights. And rather than change the facade, they kept using the facade and name in marketing materials but had to block it from specific (but not all) angles in photographs. And it has remained this way for over 10 years now.

Not trying to act like a jerk... just saying that when you step back its a bit of a stretch.

Besides... the new owners of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre are trying to revamp it and license the use and likeness of it throughout the world. In other words, Disney has a willing partner if they so intended.

My guess, they have a solid contract but someone in Disney decided it'd be a bad idea to have the central piece of a park be an image of something under the control of someone else that can be licensed and sold elsewhere. I highly doubt if it is trademarked (easy search on USPTO website by the way), that Disney got away with building it, marketing it, and showing it for 10 years and all they had to do to fix it was stick a hat in front of it... I'm sure they have all the rights they need and have chosen to not use it for another reason...
__________________
ME DW DD(11) DS(5)
Budshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #58
cmash95
a princess at heart
 
cmash95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: tampa fl
Posts: 716

i think you misunderstood me. I didn't mean that they would take out the ride, just that the entire area would be dark and unavailable until the hat was taken down. so that would mean one attraction down as well as a huge area of traffice having to be rerouted for several months. Unlike other disney parkes where there is a slow period, WDW doesn't have a "down" time anymore.
__________________
Chris@---<---
june 2002- grand princess
september 2005- island princess
september 2006- carnival miracle
may 2008 - disney magic reposition through panama canal
December 2009 - disney magic eastern with stop in st croix.
August 2010 - disney wonder 5 day castaway cay
june 2011- dinsey dream 5 day castaway cay
june 2012- Disney fantasy 7 day eastern
cmash95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 11:54 AM   #59
CanadianGuy


Me and My Posse doing our New Kids on the Block moves at PI
 
CanadianGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Fort McMurray, AB
Posts: 15,506
DISboards Moderator

Quote:
Originally Posted by Budshark View Post
My guess, they have a solid contract but someone in Disney decided it'd be a bad idea to have the central piece of a park be an image of something under the control of someone else that can be licensed and sold elsewhere. I highly doubt if it is trademarked (easy search on USPTO website by the way), that Disney got away with building it, marketing it, and showing it for 10 years and all they had to do to fix it was stick a hat in front of it... I'm sure they have all the rights they need and have chosen to not use it for another reason...
This.

Just because I have the rights to do 'whatever' doesn't mean that you as the rights owner can't make my life difficult in living up to the solid contract that we have.

And regardless.. wasn't this thread about the hat being removed? WAYYY.. back in post # 1. Given how the thread has turned out, I forgot! LOL

Forget contracts from 1989, Does anyone have any credible evidence on that removal?
__________________
Everything You Need to Know About Discount Codes & PINS For Disney Resorts

06/1995 - All Star Music | 11/1998 - Wilderness Lodge | 10/1999 - Disneyland
06/2006 - Pop Century | 03/2007 - Pop Century | 06/2007 - Coronado Springs
12/2007 - All Star Sports | 06/2008 - Pop Century | 09/2008 - All Star Sports
06/2010 - Swan | 06/2012 - Dolphin | 01/2013 - All Star Sports


CanadianGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 01:00 PM   #60
Lewisc

DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 18,466

Quote:
Originally Posted by cmash95 View Post
i think you misunderstood me. I didn't mean that they would take out the ride, just that the entire area would be dark and unavailable until the hat was taken down. so that would mean one attraction down as well as a huge area of traffice having to be rerouted for several months. Unlike other disney parkes where there is a slow period, WDW doesn't have a "down" time anymore.
Several months? Prep work, such as removing the stage and disconnecting any electric could be done without a major disruption. Isn't the hat basically a big piece of fiberglass? Would it even take a week to cut it to pieces and remove it. The replica Eiffel tower was literally removed overnight for some kind of maintenance.

Budshark Many urban legends exist because they sound like they might be true, maybe even sound like they should be true. Occasionally an urban legend is at least partially true.

2000 the theatre was sold to a partnership of Paramount and Warner Brothers. It's plausible Disney didn't have permission to use the replica for professional photos. It's also plausible Disney didn't want to continue to use the theatre as a backdrop if competing studios were going to use it as a logo. A building can be registered as a trademark.

I'll agree this is probably urban legend. Some of us want it to be true. The alternative, Disney thought the hat would be an improvement, is very hard to accept.

Canadian Guy--some rumors are started when people review construction permits. I haven't seen any posts regarding permits for the demolition of the hat. Leads me to think reports on the removal are at least premature.

Last edited by Lewisc; 02-05-2013 at 01:07 PM.
Lewisc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.