Shrek - Character Rights?

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  1. DonRoeber

    DonRoeber Screenwriter

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    Was watching Shrek with some friends last night, and the question arose about rights to some of the fairy tale characters. I'm not at all familiar with who owns the rights to what, but I figured that Disney owns the rights to Snow White, Cinderella, and Pinochio. All of these characters were used, and abused, in the film. Did Disney let Dreamworks use the characters (they're even shown in traditional disney garb), or are the characters in the public domain?
    Just curious.
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  2. TheLongshot

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    Those stories are all older than Disney and are in the public domain. The only issue Disney could have with the film would be if the characters looked too much like the Disney versions, which they don't.
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  3. Sean Mangan

    Sean Mangan Auditioning

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    It is my understanding that Dreamworks invited the Disney Lawyers to a preview screening, just to cover their butts.
     
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  5. Graeme Clark

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    Dreamworks doesn't own the rights to Moses either [​IMG]
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