Raise your right wing: Italian court orders Tweety and Donald Duck to testify
ROME - Tweety may get a chance to take the witness stand and sing like a canary.
An Italian court has ordered the animated bird, along with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and his girlfriend Daisy, to testify in a counterfeiting case.
In what lawyers believe was a clerical error worthy of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a court in Naples sent a summons to the characters ordering them to appear Friday in a trial.
The court summons cites Titti, Paperino, Paperina, Topolino - the character's Italian names - as damaged parties in the trial of a man accused of counterfeiting products of Disney and Warner Brothers.
Fiorenza Sorotto of Disney Company Italia says instead of naming only the companies, clerks also wrote in the witness list the names of the cartoon characters on the counterfeit toys.
A Disney lawyer says a Naples court will have to rewrite the summons.
"Unfortunately they cannot show up, as they are residents of Disneyland," Sorotto joked in an interview. "It certainly pleased us that the characters were considered real, because that's what we try to do."
"Let's hope the characters will not be prosecuted for failing to appear," quipped Disney lawyer Cristina Ravelli.