January 11th, 2012
February 28th, 2010
I don’t typically get into politics, but the current SOPA/PIPA issue is worth a mention. Don’t know what all of the hub-bub is about? Watch this . . .
I bring this up because it can greatly affect the Internet, and we are on the Internet. SOPA/PIPA gives way too much power (with the potential of misuse) to censor sites for trivial infractions, and all without due process!
Yes, Disney is well aware of the Disney Experience, and so far, they’ve placed little restrictions on us. In fact, we’ve been honored to get official approval on many of the paper models, along with re-distribution on Disney websites. Of course, we’re not pirating music, video, or software; we certainly would never condone those actions. We’re far more focused on original interpretations and derivatives from users all over the Internet.
October 2nd, 2009
Ah, my very first book! And, what better way to celebrate piracy than by buying a pirate ship?
This paperback book features my Wicked Wench paper model (download it for FREE), and it costs $24.99 (plus $5 S&H). Both illustrated instructions and full-color model parts are included. If you mess up on any of the parts . . . buy another book and start over. No refunds accepted.
The cover features my blue starburst wallpaper, and the logo doubles as the display plaque. The exterior pages are in Chinese while the inside remains in English. If you don’t speak either language, fear not! The assembly instructions are fully illustrated.
Those pesky copyright, website, and designer credits have all been removed from every single page, so there’s no slowing you down. There may be some blatantly obvious Disney-copyrighted material contained within, but it was felt that permission wasn’t needed to make a profit.
Quantities are limited, so get your copy before they’re all gone!
October 1st, 2009
I waited from 6 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to specifically sign for the letter of termination. Inside the cardboard FedEx envelope was a single sheet of paper from the Walt Disney Internet Group (they’re still using that name and logo?). In a nutshell, the tiny paragraph simply said that my contract has officially come to an end. So . . . no more approvals for papercrafts!
I can finally start finishing a few papercrafts. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Holiday Pop-Up Card still needs illustrated instructions, but you can expect to see that this holiday season (late Nov./early Dec.). The Disneyland Paris Sleeping Beauty Castle still needs some error corrections before moving onto the instructions. That probably will not be available until sometime early next year (possibly sooner). And finally, I may be able to get around to finishing the Mark VII Monorail model.
In the meantime, several projects are already in progress, and will be occupying my time throughout the month of October. After Halloween, I can get back to work on old projects. The wheels are also turning on future endeavors.
My thanks go to the folks at the Walt Disney Internet Group for wanting to include me in their work. It’s just too bad that the company changes occurred when they did, thwarting any attempt at letting the project get off of the ground.
With that said, it’s time to move forward.
September 12th, 2009
Well . . . through my contact within the Disney Interactive Media Group, I was more than a little surprised to hear that the legal department sent me a letter of termination. FedEx did attempt to deliver a letter today. Since I was unavailable, I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to sign for it.
Some portions of my contract are designed to remain in effect even after termination. Legal protection is a good example. The paper models are still protected, so don’t think of selling or re-distributing them. I will most likely be relieved of having to first resolve legal infractions myself, so violators will instead be reported directly to Disney legal.
Exactly what this letter will mean for this website is unknown. Until I know exactly what the letter says, all I can do is go through my copy of the contract and void anything that doesn’t survive its termination. The good news is that I may no longer need approval for any of the papercrafts. The bad news is that it could potentially mean . . . well, I’d rather not say unless I absolutely have to. I don’t even want to think it! I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Read More
Forty bucks, huh?
As a reminder, and as a notice to everyone new: please do not sell the paper models. It’s illegal, it violates the attached license agreement, and it violates at least two points in an official Disney contract. You WILL be reported.
Paper models are to remain FREE (hence, no selling!), and the Disney Experience has sole distribution rights (you can’t get them anywhere else). Selling on eBay takes advantage of those who don’t know they’re free. In this particular eBay listing, the seller has gone a step further and posted copyrighted photos from my Flickr account. Even the website name & logo and the copyright notice with my name are on the images. Don’t do that, either.
Thanks go to those who keep an eye out for such things and report them to me. If you do see a violation on any website, contact me. Violators will deal with me before dealing with Disney legal, and they don’t play around!