After suing influencers for copyright infringement, Disney has now banned them from theme parks

Orlando, Florida, USA - February 9, 2022:  A Walt Disney World e
Christopher Martin livestreamed getting banned from Disney World on his social media account, then used the videos as an advertisement to sell more items from his online store.

Already facing a lawsuit from Disney, social influencer and online retailer Christopher Martin was banned from Disney World last week.

“From this point forward you are no longer allowed to be on Disney property for any reason. If you get caught here, you will be arrested,” a law enforcement official from Orange County Sheriff’s office told Martin.

Martin livestreamed the interaction on his social media account and then used the videos as an advertisement to sell more merchandise. Selling those items are what got Martin into a legal fight with Disney in the first place.

Disney is suing Christopher and Hannah Martin for copyright and trademark infringement and accusing them of selling unauthorized products using Disney’s copyrighted properties. The couple sells masks with Disney characters, ears that resemble the Mickey Mouse headwear found at the parks and other items.

Disney filed the lawsuit against the online retailers in late December after the company said the couple ignored two cease-and-desist letters and “went so far to apply for registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” for their Sparking Diamonds logo, which Disney said deliberately resembles the iconic Disneyland logo.

In court records, the Martins denied Disney’s allegations, arguing in their defense that they “only used a limited portion of Plaintiff’s copyright therefore they were permissible under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute.” The couple also said their products were parody, satire or transformed the Disney source material into “something completely new,” making their usage of Disney copyrights legal.

“I didn’t know I need authorization for non-trademark mouse ears. What world do we live in?” Martin wrote on social media. 

Martin posted an angry social media rant while wearing his sparkly mouse ears. He said he was told the trespass was for annual pass violations. Martin’s attorneys, Mason and Richard Wolfe, called the ban “absolutely retaliatory” from the legal dispute.

Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story.

“We have a strong legal defense, and the law is on our side despite all of Disney’s bullying efforts,” the attorneys said when asked if the Martins were concerned about a legal fight against a company with such deep pockets.

The Wolfes said they prided themselves in being a family-run law firm that represents the “little guy against the big guy all the time.”

The Martins have created several Facebook pages, including one with nearly 275,000 members.

Some had mixed reviews as Martin livestreamed his drama and opened up about his legal troubles.

“This is crazy. You are not the only ones selling ears,” one supporter wrote on social media.

“Bro, you got caught red handed selling unlicensed merch and using the park as a backdrop,” someone else wrote online.

Gabrielle Russon

Gabrielle Russon is an award-winning journalist based in Orlando. She covered the business of theme parks for the Orlando Sentinel. Her previous newspaper stops include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Kalamazoo Gazette and Elkhart Truth as well as an internship covering the nation’s capital for the Chicago Tribune. For fun, she runs marathons. She gets her training from chasing a toddler around. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @GabrielleRusson .


  • Chuck Richards

    March 16, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Who cares!! Disney has the money to sue them into bankruptcy.

  • Dude McGuy

    March 16, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t believe the law will back this guy up. He’s using a company’s image to sell a product that in likeness could confuse a potential buyer into believing they are ordering Disney merchandise. It sounds like he knew what he was doing when he used Disney World imagery to create that link between their company and his product. Not to mention Disney will aggressively litigate until he can no longer afford to fight.

  • darren

    March 18, 2023 at 7:52 am

    While I am no fan of bullying mega corporations, Disney has a strong case here.
    The guy has clearly tried to associate his product with Disney and then tries to claim that they are just mouse ears, but THEN claims they are a parody.

    • Chigurhs CattleGun

      March 20, 2023 at 12:35 am

      He was selling merchandise literally with the Disney name, logo, and characters. “Knock-off” products are unlawful, Martin is beyond lucky he’s only be sued.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn