A troubling query: Who owns Santa Clause?

Discussion in 'General' started by crusher914, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. crusher914

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    Good evening, Niketalk. Tonight I ask a simple question, who owns the rights to 'Santa Clause'? This time of year his name/image pops up everywhere,used to promote anything and everything. So is this fictional character just part of the public domain or what?
     
  2. kicktionair

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    Must be public
     
  3. derventa

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    A troubling query?

    this cats losing sleep over this, mutterin to himself "!!$# who owns this fool" in bed [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. dathbgboy

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    Disney
     
  5. 18key

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    Illuminati
     
  6. kiid23

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    Public Domain I Bet.
     
  7. young718chris

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    How is this troubling?
     
  8. pravokal

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    Sega
     
  9. mytmouse76

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    VIACOM owns Santa
     
  10. im a helion

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    Santa Claus is actually trademarked...but with him being so widely known (real or not [​IMG]) the trademark lawscan't be enforced. He's something of a generic trademark (look up the definition). Some British guy trademarked him I think.
     
  11. mjbetch

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  12. ihavemyownopinion

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    Mrs. Clause owns him.
    Boy is straight whipped [​IMG]

    Plus, I heard through the grapevine that a couple of the elves were "putting in work" while Santa's out delivering presents o_O
     
  13. tfromthe617

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  14. jdocs

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    Coca-cola ?
     
  15. im a helion

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    And to be clear, Disney (Viacom) owns THEIR PARTICULAR IMAGE of Santa...NOT Santa Claus himself.

    Examples:

    Disney OWNS Mickey Mouse because they created him so they have complete control over his image and how he'sportrayed to the public.
    Disney does NOT own Snow White because they did NOT create her. But they DO own THEIR PARTICULAR IMAGE/REPRESENTATIONof Show White.

    Hope that clears it up.

    EDIT: And I made a goof earlier...British dude owns the domain name...not Santa. So I guess that means he'spublic domain. [​IMG] but he sorta owns the name. It's all so confusing when you do research.
     
  16. mytmouse76

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    i was actually joking about viacom
     
  17. blknaitch

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  18. halftime718

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    Yup
     
  19. grizzly hebert

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    Little known fact:

    St. Nick is also the patron saint of hookers.

    Thanks, Manswers [​IMG]
     
  20. biff lawson

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    his copyright expired 75 years after his death

    rip
     
  21. addictedtofreshkicks

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    I'm pretty sure Coca-Cola invented the Santa character that is popular today.
     
  22. im a helion

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    That's actually false. The artist that originally drew him (Sundblom, I think his name is)wasn't the originator of the idea. That's not to say that Coca-Cola wasn't the sole entity that distributed his current image throughout society(which they did). But they didn't create it, and they don't own the rights to it.