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"A primitive argument?" Mr. Tagawa, the more solid and finer arguments on this issue will not begin until much later. That will be after you retire as a comic strip artist in dozens years, so I won't discuss it now. Instead, I'll show you an interesting stuff. It's an animated movie called "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit." It was created by Walt Disney. It was a popular animated series in the 1920s. Universal Pictures, a Hollywood company, approached an independent film distributor and made a deal for it to supply Universal with animated shorts on a regular basis as a prelude to its features, and the distributor approached Disney Studios to plan and produce a new series of animated shorts. This was "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit". Walt was so pleased with the popularity of the series that he asked the distributor, Winkler Pictures, for a larger share of the profits. He thought he could negotiate in his favor since his studio had planned and produced the series and thought it was impossible that other studios would continue to produce it. But in fact, that's not how things turned out. For Winkler Pictures, Disney was just a subcontractor, and if Disney refused to continue making the Oswald series, they could - did - take their animators out of the Disney studio and have them create a new studio to continue making the Oswald series

"Didn't Oswald belong to Walt?" If it were a comic strip character and Walt was the original creator of the comic strip, then yes. But this was an animation, a movie. Even if Walt had known about the "Mutt and Jeff" court case at the time and used it as a legal basis for claiming Oswald belonged to him, Winkler Pictures would not have taken it seriously.
この表現は自然ですか?

This is a page from a long essay I am working on about the differences between Japanese and American comic strips. Tagawa in the text is a real person who lived decades ago, and he was a successful manga artist at the time. It's fiction that if I were to visit him in a DeLorean time machine and talk to him (and his wife, who was fluent in English) about the legal status of American comics, this is what he and I might say.
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