Disney Got Fans Arrested Over a Club for Penguins?

Club Penguin Rewritten was a popular fan remake of a Disney property, but then the police got involved.


Episode Notes

Three people involved with Club Penguin Rewritten, a fan-made remake of a popular Disney game, were arrested last week by the City of London police because they were infringing on Disney’s copyright. On the show today, Rachelle and Allegra talk about the history of Club Penguin, growing up on browser games, and what this news could mean for other fan-created remakes of now-defunct games.

Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder.


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  • Allegra Frank is the deputy entertainment editor at the Daily Beast.

  • Rachelle Hampton is a culture writer and reporter at Slate and co-host of ICYMI. Her work has appeared in the New Republic, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian Magazine, and In These Times. She still hasn't recovered from Tumblr’s demise.