Various news outlets are reporting that an LA furniture maker named Arman Mkrtchyan is suing Disney for its use of a chair he claims to have designed in the 2010 movie “Alice in Wonderland”. Mkrtchyan is seeking a $50,000 “Decoration fee” for use of the chair without his permission.
There is a set of playing card chairs listed on Alibaba that references Mr. Mkrtchyan, but they are not remotely like this chair.
So, has anyone heard of this gentleman? And, if a set decorator did in fact use someone’s design without permission, do we think $50,000 is an appropriate payment given the popularity of the movie?