A few months ago Deadline Hollywood posted a memo ABC/Disney sent to it’s show runners asking them to in essence help them copy foreign shows without having to pay for the rights to them. Now FRAPA, the foriegn body responsible for protecting those rights has asked The Walt Disney Company to repudiate that memo. The implied threat is that Disney has a few show ideas of their own (Hannah Montana, High School Musical anyone?) that other producers might want to lift wholesale without having to pay Disney for that priviledge.
That seems like a pretty real threat. I wonder how Disney would respond if the shoe was on the other foot.