Kenyan Band Them Mushrooms are weighing leagl action against Disney whom they allege stole the phrase, ‘Hakuna Matata,’ from their hit song Jambo Bwana which they assert was like ‘a national anthem’ in the 80s.
Speaking to TMZ, John Katana one of the band members stated that they had realized that Disney used the Phrase way back in the Lion King and locked in the phrase through a trademark in 1994, but were not so well conversant with copyright laws. He states he has since taken courses in copyright issues and they are considering legal action to remedy the damages they suffred as a result of this violation.
He further stated that they felt through their hit song Jambo bwana which went platinum in Kenya back in the 80s theyhelped popularize the pharse which disney then locked in with the relesease of the Lion King.
TMZ readers, however had mixed reactions with a majority of them having the opinion that the outrage is baseless and will only amount to enriching lawyers since Dinsney owns the copyright and also by the virtue of the fact that they did not infringe on the rights to a song, but just a phrase. See below a few of the raeders reactions to the outrage:
The petition by Them Mushrooms to have Disney drop the use of the Phrase, ‘Hakuna Matata’ has since garnered 147,000 signatures and the number is growing. It remains to be seen what the outrage will amount to.