Philadelphia Orchestra sues Disney over 'Fantasia' music

May 07, 1992|By Orlando Sentinel

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association slapped the Walt Disney Co. with a lawsuit yesterday, claiming it deserves half the $120-million videocassette profit from the animated classic "Fantasia."

The Philadelphia Orchestra's "musical performance, name and likeness were used throughout the movie," the suit said, and "no contract or agreement" gives Disney the right to use its performance without compensation.

The civil lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Besides half of "Fantasia''s estimated profit, the suit seeks unspecified punitive damages.

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