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Did Disney Steal This Woman's Artwork?

Written by Jude Terror on Tuesday, April 09 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

Did Disney Steal This Woman's Artwork?

Bold claims from artist Katie Woodger allege that the Disney corporation stole her painting from Tumblr and used it to sell Alice in Wonderland merchandise.

Source: Katie Woodger Tumblr

There's not too much to add to this that wasn't said in the blog post (which we are going to steal and post below).


I don’t know what to do. I am so upset. Can anyone help me?

My painting was created back in 2010, (see it HERE) and since then so many people have expressed their love for it, not just on tumblr, but in many places. At least 9 people had it tattooed on their bodies. It’s one of my favourite images I created at University and I was proud of it in many ways.

Disney have used it on a cosmetics bag HERE (look at the back)
and they have produced a Tshirt HERE with a really similar design clearly modeled from my painting

I’m so mad because I have no chance at getting Disney to do anything about it. I had so much respect for the company and now I am just SO upset and disappointed.

Any help, advice or signal boosting would be amazing. And thank you so much to the kind person who messaged me about this.


Take a look at the images below. It's pretty clearly a ripoff, if the story is accurate. Disney has a long history of stealing, usually from the public domain (note from editor: alleged stealing - don't sue us, Walt), so it wouldn't be surprising to learn this is true. And if true, it's pretty messed up.

We've sent intrepid reporter Indy Hunter to contact Katie for an interview (as if she hasn't suffered enough).


UPDATE: A later blog post from Katie says this:

I wanted to say again that I’d prefer it if people didn’t contact Disney in any way about this at the moment please. I never asked anyone to do that for me. Also I really appreciate trying to get even more advice but posting on your websites etc but please refrain from doing that too. Your support is much appreciated but I am not accountable for your opinions or actions regarding this matter.


Whoops! Well, too late to refrain from posting on the site, but we'll refrain from bothering her for an interview. :)

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Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably.  Ironically, our webmaster, whose website skills know no end, has very little understanding of social networks or how they work.  Regardless, you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, but would probably have the most luck just emailing him.


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