Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Click to see a larger version at FlickrThis is Chateau d’Usse near Chinon, the castle that inspired Charles Perrault to pen Sleeping Beauty, way back in the seventeenth century. And to celebrate there’s an appropriate wax work within. Locals reckon Walt Disney not only took inspiration from Perrault’s work, but this castle’s turrets too. Others have more convincing claims.

Disney built his empire adapting out of copyright works like this, so Perrault’s descendants got nothing. And quite right too, otherwise they’d still be eating out on work of a long dead man they’d never known.

But now the Disney corporation is fighting to keep control of Mickey Mouse, whose entry to the public domain is fairly imminent. Someone’s already put him in a porn film.

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