The following is correspondence between myself and "Disney" regarding my Cinderella skin. The skin will be deleted within 24 hours, or when Disney decides to contact AoL and have them remove it. Whichever comes first.
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Subj: Fwd: FW: Winamp.com Skin using CINDERELLA
Date: 9/5/2001 6:40:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time
As a Disney fan, it saddens me to see such immediate disregard for Fan Art.
I understand completely regarding copywrite laws, however, I can not understand their placement in this issue. The reason being simply, I have done it for no other reason than to pay tribute, to a beautiful faerie tale, which I have loved all of my life. I have accepted no form of payment for the hours I spent creating this Skin, it has been offered only to decorate a persons Desktop and to promote your website/product.
I will remove the skin promptly, and I will pass your email along to the Winamp Forums. I will not republish this skin. I will, however, retain the right to create an alternate version of the same skin. Excluding all Disney images and all references to Disney itself, I do not believe that you particularly own the "fable" of the girl who was abused as such, and found her way by luck into fortune and fame.
I think that its a shame really. The free publicity which I gave Cinderella should more than make up for my choice in creating it in the first place. But since you feel the need to force legalities on me, I hereby request that Disney.com create their own sets of winamp skins, with their own images, by their own artists, so that the skinning community can enjoy them.
But I guess your corporation wouldn't bother with such a trivial thing. After all, no one will pay you for them.
Subj: FW: Winamp.com Skin using CINDERELLA
Date: 9/5/2001 5:33:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Thank you for your e-mail about the winamp skin you have created using
Disney's CINDERELLA properties. You may not realize and so I write to let
you know that your use of our intellectual property in this way violates
federal and state laws regarding copyrights, trademarks and unfair business
practises. Please do not use our properties on any skins you intend to
share with or sell to others.
I would appreciate it if you would remove the CINDERELLA skin from the
Winamp.com website and confirm that you will not post it again for others to
Again I thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you about
taking the CINDERELLA skin down.
Very truly yours,
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California 91521-0658
Original Message Follows:
My name is Forever and I create winamp skins. Recently I was asked to do a
cartoon skin and I chose Cinderella. I personally think I did a wonderful
on it, and I wanted to show it to the people who created her in the first
You can find the skin posted here:
I gave Walt Disney full credit for the actual images used to create this
If you have any questions, concerns, or general feedback, I would appreciate
To: Mail:General question regarding Disney.com
Postmark: Mon Aug 27 14:23:59 EDT 2001
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