• Call Number: COTSEN2_c282
    Container: Box 1, Folder 26

Mary Poppins Copyright Opinion

7.0 pages

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Collection Creator: Shepard, Mary, 1909-2000 and Travers, P. L., (Pamela Lyndon), 1899-1996.

Dates: 1965 June 25.

Located In: Box 1, Folder 26

Extent: 7.0 pages

Languages: English.

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Professional opinion addressing whether Disney violated copyright by copying illustrations from the Mary Poppins books in the film adaptation. Signed by John Mummery, of the firm Bulcraig & Davis. Mummery concludes: "it would...be very difficult for Miss Shepard's publishers to succeed in an action against Walt Disney." However, a note in the hand of P. L. Travers(?) adds: "Mr Knight succeeded by using Mary Poppins's feet - my addition to her appearance - in the 5th position," with a drawing. She also writes "Not mentioned here I received 1,000 pounds" and "Now have copyright (1985)."

Preferred Citation

Mary Poppins Copyright Opinion; 1965 June 25; Mary Shepard and P. L. Travers Archive, Box 1, Folder 26; , Princeton University Library.

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