Walt Disney Co. is grumpy no more. It got an apology and dropped its lawsuit over the use of a Snow White look-alike in the opening of the Academy Awards.
"The academy sincerely apologizes to Disney for the unauthorized use of Disney's copyrighted Snow White character and for unintentionally creating the impression that Disney had . . . sanctioned the opening production number on the Academy Awards telecast," Richard Kahn, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Thursday.Disney alleged in its suit filed in U.S. District Court that Oscar producers lacked permission to use Disney's fairy tale character.
In agreeing to drop the suit, Disney said there will be "an appropriate court stipulation in which the academy agrees not to reuse the segment featuring Disney's Snow White for any purpose."