June 26, Purdue University Press. After four months of legal battling, federal judge Vince Chhabria ruled in Wilson's favor, citing evidence that Disney was aware of The Snowman and "the sequence of both works, from start to finish, is too parallel to conclude that no reasonable juror could find the works substantially similar. Such small steps measure progress in the opinions of gay workers and outside advocates, who've watched Gay Day evolve for the company from a potentially paralyzing event to one that brings both patrons and profits, and give them reason to cheer. Critics argue that Disney is using the program as a source of cheap labor, as interns do the same work as veteran employees, but at a significantly lower pay rate. Although legal, many people thought this was immoral, considering it was a legal mismatch. Openly gay and lesbian workers at Disney World further portray a work environment where they are free to be themselves, where gays and lesbians in management positions are proof that no one is discriminated against because of sexual orientation.
It should be noted that despite the channel's name including the word "Family", the channel's programming content standards had changed several years earlier after the sale of the channel by International Family Entertainment, and the channel had been airing even some acquired series and movies that contain profanity, violence and sexual content or dialogue after the sale, particularly since being purchased by The Walt Disney Company.
March 2, On September 30, Eisner resigned both as an executive and as a member of the board of directors, and, severing all formal ties with the company, he waived his contractual rights to perks such as the use of a corporate jet and an office at the company's Burbank headquarters. He continues: The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution in June urging members not to patronize Disney or other companies that promote "immoral ideologies and practices.
LaBarbera, who attended this year's "Gay Day" at Disney World, said while Disney is not sponsoring the event, it is "surely not doing anything to discourage it.