Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Italian Court Subpoenas Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Tweety

MSNBC reports on an odd development in an Italian court:

In what lawyers believe was a clerical error worthy of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a court in Naples included the cartoon characters Tweety Bird, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and his girlfriend, Daisy, in a summons, officials said.

In fact, it's a criminal trial of a Chinese man accused of counterfeiting products of Disney and Warner Bros.

Instead of naming only the companies and their legal representatives, clerks also wrote in the witness list the names of the cartoons that decorated the toys and gadgets the man had allegedly reproduced, said Fiorenza Sorotto, vice president of Disney Company Italia.

..."Unfortunately they cannot show up, as they are residents of Disneyland," Sorotto joked in a telephone interview.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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