Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Oh No! Not the Mouse!

In a statement that garnered worldwide attention, Sheikh Mohamed al-Munajid said that mice were “agents of Satan” and should be killed.

“Sharia (Islamic law) calls for the extermination of all mice. That includes the rodents as well as ‘the famous cartoon mouse’,” he said.

However, after a phone call from the Disney legal department, the Sheikh changed his tune.

Apparently, death threats directly naming or even inferring Mickey Mouse fall outside the fair use doctrine, and could reasonably be expected to seriously interfere with prior licensing agreements having substantial value.

Following his conversation with Disney lawyers, the Sheikh admitted that it was Donald Duck who forced him to utter the threats, but they were directed against Mighty Mouse, and not against Mickey Mouse.

He said that Donald Duck talks to him in his head, and he must do whatever Donald wants.

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