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Disney might soon seek to pull the plug on Donald as Donald

Although this is concededly a tale about presidential candidate Donald Trump, it has nothing to do with his politics.

Rather, it merely serves to underscore the degree to which intellectual property rights frequently rise to the surface and become material concerns in political campaigns and high-profile stories featuring those who run for office.

Most of our readers wouldn't likely have much of a problem conceding that Donald Trump is a high-octane and center-stage kind of person. People pay attention to him and things that surround him.

Walt Disney Co. executives might be having a bit of a problem with that reality these days.

Here's why. One of the company's seminal creations -- the "real" Donald, if you will, at least in terms of being in the limelight first -- is currently masquerading as The Donald, and in a way that is unflattering to the politician.

Specifically, the Democratic National Committee has created a character that, well, looks and quacks like Donald Duck, yet seeks solely to parody Donald Trump in a derogatory way.

That seems clear every time that that the duck, with what the Wall Street Journal calls "a Trumpian mane of blonde hair," stands outside Trump rallies drawing attention to the fact that the Republican candidate is steadfastly resisting the release of his tax returns.

Could a reasonable person likely believe that the Trump creation -- named Donald Ducks (to emphasize that Trump is allegedly ducking a responsibility) -- is endorsed or comes with the blessing of the Walt Disney Co.?

The global business icon would almost certainly take a dim view of that, given what the Journal notes is its routinely fierce protection of the company's trademarks and copyrights.

Donald Ducks might ultimately turn out to have a short life. Consumer confusion regarding a trademark is "fraught in a political context," notes the Journal," with an entity like Disney not wanting to "give the impression of openly supporting or opposing a particular candidate for office."

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