Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted and/or Trademark Properties
Disney Screencaps.com is a non-profit website that has been providing valuable visual information for animation fans, movie makers, and animators for years. I provide all our content free of charge, and have received countless emails over the years from teachers, parents, and budding animators letting me know how useful the site has been for them. I have really enjoyed running this website, but unfortunately, it looks like I will no longer be able to add new movies owned by Disney.
The Walt Disney Company no longer wants people to enjoy their movies in this way. Below is a full copy of the email I received from Tyler Rhoades, Antipiracy Coordinator for Walt Disney. I have been instructed to remove all Disney movies and images from my website, and to cease posting new Disney movies.
It is stated clearly on every page of the site that I am NOT affiliated with Disney, and that the caps on this very popular site are for educational and personal use only – but apparently this is not enough for them to consider allowing us to continue. If you disagree with this, don’t hesitate to let Mr. Rhoades know (his full contact information is included in the email below) – maybe if enough fans complain, he might change this mind or be able to reach a compromise of some sort with our site allowing us to continue.
EDIT – fans of DisneyScreenCaps.com have started a petition asking The Walt Disney Corporation to please reconsider letting us post the caps for all to enjoy! To Mr. Tyler Rhoades – please read the petition & comments and consider changing your mind! For all fans, go and sign the petition!
Sign the petition: change.org/petitions/the-fans-of-disney-are-asking
You can read the full email I received below.
Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted and/or Trademark Properties Email
October 29, 2013
Via Electronic Mail (email@example.com)
Re: Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted and/or Trademark Properties
File# APL-2013-10-00378 – disneyscreencaps.com
Dear Sir or Madam:
I write on behalf of Disney Enterprises, Inc. (“Disney”). It has come to our attention that your website <disneyscreencaps.com> is infringing Disney’s intellectual property by posting unauthorized images of the multiple Disney movies, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cars 2, Wreck-it Ralph, and Oz: The Great and Powerful shown at the URLs below:
The use of Disney’s intellectual property is misleading to the public and is likely to create confusion as to whether the website is affiliated with Disney. Disney does not permit its names, logos, copyrights and/or trademarks to be used without authorization.
Please immediately remove and discontinue all use of Disney’s intellectual property displayed in on your website and by November 7, 2013, send me written confirmation that you have complied with the foregoing and will not resume the unauthorized use of any of Disney’s properties.
Very truly yours,
The Walt Disney Company
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-0525
Telephone: (818) 560-3858
Facsimile: (818) 841-1329