CLERMONT, Fla. — Disney has filed a million-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against a Clermont couple over costumes resembling Tigger and Eeyore.
David and Marisol Perez-Chaveco about two years ago created their own company, Kool Klowns, which offers face painting, inflatable houses and costumed characters at parties.
“I don’t want to be on welfare all my life. I wanted to be something, make something of ourselves and get on our feet,” Marisol Perez-Chaveco said.
The couple paid more than $500 for costumes on eBay from a company in Peru and advertised the characters online.
“We bought two characters that to me is an orange tiger and a blue donkey,” Marisol Perez-Chaveco said.
About a week later, Disney wrote the couple a letter, claiming the costumes were unauthorized reproductions of Tigger and Eeyore. In the letter, Disney made seven demands, and the couple complied, Local 6 News reported.
“We removed the listing from Craigslist, removed the listing from MySpace (and) every advertisement on our Web site,” Marisol Perez-Chaveco said.
But instead of sending the costumes to Disney for destruction, the couple returned them to Peru for a refund.
Disney officials said they had no comment on the lawsuit.
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