A week after Shanghai Disney opened its doors, China has become embroiled in a high-profile copyright court case with the children's entertainment giant over the striking similarities of a cartoon.
Disney subsidiaries Disney Enterprises Inc. and Pixar are suing Chinese companies G-Point, PPTV and Bluemtv for hosting images and posters of 'The Autobots', a Chinese film that was released in July 2015.
'The Autobots' was criticised last year at home and abroad for being visually similar to the Disney animated franchise 'Cars' but has only gained wide media attention since going to court on Tuesday.
Critics are sceptical over whether Disney will win the case, noting that China has ripped off overseas-produced cartoons before.
Thousands of Chinese social media users are talking about the case on the popular Sina Weibo microblog, saying that 'The Autobots' is a "blatant copy" and that they "support Disney".
Chinese papers have also noted similarities between the two productions, but with more carefully worded editorials. The Beijing Economic Daily says that the two films are visually "extremely similar", and highlights that this is not the first time it has happened. ...
Disney has good results suing pretenders to the throne in the U.S., Canada, and most of the countries of Europe. You infringe one of the Mouse's copyright, the Mouse is on it.
But Disney is the Big Dog in those situations. But in China, not so much. So how this lawsuit comes out is known but to God and the People's Republic.
But mostly the People's Republic.