Latino activists: Disney can't trademark holidays

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In this May 8, 2013 photo, artwork is shown at Masks y Mas, an Albuquerque shop that sells 'Day of the Dead' art year round. Disney announced Tuesday that it was a withdrawing a "Dia de los Muertos" trademark request it made to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office amid uproar on social media from Latino activists, writer and artists. Disney had sought to secure naming right for an upcoming animated movie inspired by the holiday. Critics said the move to trademark a cultural holiday was insensitive.  (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tweets from Latino activists, writers and artists are being credited for pushing Disney into withdrawing a "Dia de los Muertos" trademark request.

Advocates say anger and ridicule expressed on social media forced the company to retreat Tuesday as word of the move to copyright the holiday spread.

Online petitions were created and organizers discussed plans to boycott the planned Pixar movie and products that would have been linked to the trademark.

Critics say Disney has no right to trademark cultural holidays.

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, honors the departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. The holiday is celebrated in November in much of Latin America and the U.S.

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