23 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 07/11/2012 20:14
NORTH KOREA - USA
Mickey Mouse attacks Pyongyang: "Respect the Copyright"
by Joseph Yun Li-sun
During a public celebration in honor of the new dictator Kim Jong-un dancers went onstage dressed as Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Beauty and the Beast, and various other Disney characters. A spokesman for the major figure: "Even North Korea, like the rest of the world, must pay the copyright." It is the first time in the regime that characters of the hated symbol of Western capitalism have appeared.

Seoul (AsiaNews) - After the international tensions with South Korea, the United States and even China, the Stalinist regime of North Korea faces a new and formidable enemy: Mickey Mouse. After airing a television show in honor of the new dictator Kim Jong-un, in which Disney characters appeared, the U.S. major brand has decided to request payment from Pyongyang.

North Korea "has no right to use trademarks without paying royalties. No one from that country asked us to use our characters in a public television show, and this is not correct." This is what a spokesman for the Walt Disney Company said, explaining that "we are studying the possibility of commercial redress to obtain the amount owed."

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, third son and heir to Kim Jong-il, appeared on television alongside Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh during a concert of the national orchestra aired on state television, which two days ago showed images of the show held by actors dressed as famous Disney characters in front of Kim and a group of generals.

In a few moments of the show there were also projected some images of the movie "Dumbo" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Among the costumes on stage there were Mickey, Minnie, Beauty and the Beast and Snow White. It is, several analysts have noted, a gesture of openness towards the West: the father and the grandfather of the dictator never allowed these symbols of "Western decadence and propaganda" to appear in the country.

According to Jong-un, who also allowed the opening of a fast-food restaurant and a pizzeria in Pyongyang, "we must take the best from countries around the world and make it ours, to make sure that it lines up with our revolution".

 

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
02/20/2009 KOREA – UNITED STATES
If North attacks, we shall respond appropriately, says Seoul
02/17/2009 KOREA
Pyongyang, the olive branch and the hammer for Hillary Clinton and Obama
by Pino Cazzaniga
04/07/2011 NORTH KOREA
People’s Assembly opens amid famine and weapons in Pyongyang
by Joseph Yun Li-sun
07/20/2009 KOREA – UNITED STATES
Seoul and Washington preparing a “comprehensive strategy” towards North Korea’s nuclear progra
08/06/2009 KOREA - UNITED STATES
Kim Jong-il, "hostage diplomacy" and the release of the U.S. journalists

Editor's choices
ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.