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Hi there! My name is Keith.

I'm an Interactive Design Manager for the Walt Disney Company, but all opinions/posts on this site are my own, not the Walt Disney Company's.

Oh, and that Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon in the above photo? I designed that. :D

 


Tokyo DisneySea… Part 2!! 

I can’t sleep.. So drawing seemed like a logical thing to do. #Rapunzel #OneOfMyFavorites #Tangled #Sketch

I can’t sleep.. So drawing seemed like a logical thing to do. #Rapunzel #OneOfMyFavorites #Tangled #Sketch

So I just finished watching Aladdin, and I just released my newest Tokyo DisneySea video where I ride Genie on a whole new carousel. #GenieDay

So I just finished watching Aladdin, and I just released my newest Tokyo DisneySea video where I ride Genie on a whole new carousel. #GenieDay

GUESS WHO IS THE HAPPIEST. #capsnecessary #aliens #littlegreenaliens #toystory #tokyodisneyland #icepop #tomorrowland [photo: @carinico]

GUESS WHO IS THE HAPPIEST. #capsnecessary #aliens #littlegreenaliens #toystory #tokyodisneyland #icepop #tomorrowland [photo: @carinico]

Anonymous asked
Are you doing the VIP for D23 its like $2000, right??

Nope, I did not sign up for VIP. It is $2000, but I do other things in the D23 Expo that doesn’t justify spending $2000 to hop the panel lines.

I also like discounted rates way too much. :)

Anonymous asked
Do you know anything about the creator being in Clopin's Music Box at the Princess Fantasy Faire?

..the creator of?

Anonymous asked
Do you know if the three gargoyles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame have names or not?

They do! Victor, Hugo, and Laverne.

Anonymous asked
How do you feel about people (like Leslie from DisneyBound with her line for Cakeworthy, for instance) who profit off of Disney characters without official licenses from the company?

Well, I like Leslie. lol. I can’t say I’ve seen every outfit released on cakeworthy, but there’s a difference from blatantly taking a character/artwork and slapping it on unlicensed merchandise and, from what I’ve seen cakeworthy do, simply hinting at a specific character in color/texture/etc. like how Disneybounding does. A company can’t own the idea of making a green hat with a feather embroidered in it. Another example of getting around copyright is making parodies.

I think the only shirt I’ve seen that I don’t like is the one that perpetuates the Adam name in the “Prince Name” shirts. ;) haha sorry.

I tend to just stay away from stores on like Etsy since those are the ones who really try to get away with stealing Disney characters (and in many cases.. an actual artwork commissioned by the Company). One example is this item. I actually know the artist who painted these, and you are/were able to buy these giclees in the Disney Parks. Disney hired him to paint these. This store has no right to take that artist’s commissioned work and slap it on a coaster for them to profit off of. The original artist (and Disney, who paid for these to be painted) makes $0 on what is sold in this store. How fair is that?

Hope that answers your question!

Anonymous asked
I want to make a YouTube video with Disney music, do you know how I could get permission to use that music...?

keithlapinig:

You can’t really (Well, you can.. but only if you have a big enough presence and know the right people). :( People still post videos with Disney songs on them, but they can definitely be flagged or cited that it can’t be monetized.

I think for broadcast it’s 15 seconds, but YouTube does not specify these rules. They simply state your work has to not be copyrighted. I’ve heard big YouTubers state in their videos that they had to reupload a video just because they sang a few lines from a song.