BURBANK, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – Nike is in big trouble. The Walt Disney Company is suing the shoe and apparel giant over one of the latter’s shoe designs which it has labeled as the ‘Cinderella Shoe.’
Disney claims that it owns the rights and patent of the word ‘Cinderella’ by virtue of its film versions of the fairy tale classic of the same title.
When contacted by The Adobo Chronicles, Walt Disney could not produce evidence of its copyright or patent of the word ‘Cinderella.’
While there many versions of the Cinderella story, the first known published version was that of Charles Perrault in 1697.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, there is no known estate of Perrault that could claim copyright violations of ‘Cinderella,’ so Disney may be the only outfit that can do so.
The lawsuit is being dubbed the “Clash of Two Giants.” It sounds like a great title for another Disney classic.