The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has added to its web site's History of Comic Censorship a slightly revised version of the highly condensed treatment of my book "The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney's War Against the Counterculture," which ran a few years ago in the Libertarian magazine "Reason." Its a tale of copyrights and free use and the article begins like this:
What follows in an excerpt from The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney’s War Against the Counterculture (Fantagraphics 2003) by investigative journalist Bob Levin. The book describes the so-crazy-it-must-be-true story of Disney’s attack on a group of underground cartoonists who, under the moniker The Air Pirates, set out to take down the Disney empire with satirical comics featuring Disney characters in decidedly un-Disneylike situations. The resulting legal battle took place over the course of 10 years, making its way all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and back. Ultimately, Disney settled, but artist Dan O’Neill had to agree to stop depicting Disney’s copyrighted characters in his comics, dealing a blow to free speech.
You can read it in its entirety here: http://cbldf.org/2013/05/disneys-bloody-attack-on-the-air-pirates/
Causes Bob Levin Supports
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, ACLU, PEN, Berkeley Emergency Food & Housing Project.