In the Shadow of the Mouse

2008 is the Chinese Year of the Rat, though this year’s animal symbol is less rat and more mouse — Mickey Mouse to be precise. Walt Disney’s signature creation is all over Tianjin (and I suspect, all over the rest of the country), begging the question, is this one of the biggest copyright frauds in Chinese history, or is Disney raking in the dough from licensing fees?

DSC01057(Also worth mentioning: the hundreds of almost-Mickeys that would be actionable copyright violations in a Western court.)