The Provincial Court of Valencia will judge next Wednesday, June 8, a show promoter accused of using the name and symbols of Disney works, with slight changes, and who thus deceived the public in a tour developed for months by cities from all over Spain.
Specifically, this fraudulent cultural offer for viewers was made with the musicals of "The Lion King" and "Mary Poppins", to which only a few words of the title and some detail of the story for the representation varied, according to sources. of the Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community (TSJCV).
In this way, with the claim of the Disney brand, which attracts millions of people around the world, the productions of this promoter enjoyed a remarkable acceptance, without the American company receiving any financial compensation.
The Prosecutor's Office maintains that since the beginning of 2014, the defendant promoted and organized shows throughout Spain, with full knowledge that he was violating the rights of the company, through the use of titles that led to confusion with respect to the original version, such as «Vuelve the legend. The Lion King. El Musical Infantil” or “Supercalifragilístico, el musical”, which were adaptations of works by Disney, whose rights the multinational held exclusively.
The public accusation requests a three-year prison sentence for the defendant for a crime against intellectual property and another against industrial property.