The three Midwest advertising men pooled their talents to create a heartwarming tale for kids, that featured the dog, “Santa Paws,” and copyrighted their work in 1992. In 2009-2011, Disney distributed its films “Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws” and “The Search for Santa Paws.” The three ad guys, after seeing Disney’s “direct to video” films, researched their records and found that in 1996 Disney had expressed interest in their story to their agent, the William Morris Agency, Inc.
The three have filed a lawsuit against Disney, et al in U.S. Dist. Court in St. Louis alleging copyright infringement and related state claims. Writes the plaintiffs’ barrister Albert Watkins, “It is my clients’ genuine hope the true spirit of Christmas will prevail and the defendants will do the right thing for all who believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas.”