Mary Poppins Copyright Opinion
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Collection Creator: Shepard, Mary, 1909-2000 and Travers, P. L., (Pamela Lyndon),
Dates: 1965 June 25.
Located In: Box 1, Folder 26
Extent: 7.0 pages
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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)."
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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