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The Life of the Powhatan People in the Film “Pocahontas”
Discuss how the life of the Powhatan people was portrayed in the film “Pocahontas” by Walt Disney.
When Walt Disney released its movie “Pocahontas” in 1995, certain groups were upset at how Disney chose to portray her life, including the Powhatan Nation. If Pocahontas were alive today, would she be able to sue Walt Disney for any of the following: copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, and/or libel? Why or why not? Be sure to address each area of the law and why she would or wouldn’t have grounds for a lawsuit. Does she have grounds to win a libel suit against Disney? Explain. Does she have grounds to win a copyright infringement suit against Disney? Explain.