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How Disney got this woman's passport denied

How Disney got this woman's passport denied
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Now that Disney owns the Star Wars universe, everyone's favorite villain, Darth Vader, has gone to Disneyland!

But one woman in the UK can't. She's having quite a bit of trouble with her legally changed name.

Her name is Laura Matthews and she legally changed her name in 2008 to include her middle name: Skywalker.

She signs documents as L. Skywalker and the name is on her driver's license, bank cards and the like. However, when she filed to renew her passport with her new name, she was told that the Home Office:

 ... will not recognise a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark. ... We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute," a spokesperson told the BBC.

Unfortunately for Miss Skywalker, that patent belongs to Disney and her only alternative to a long legal battle is to get a passport with her non-Star Wars name. Looks like she won't be taking any trips to Disneyland anytime soon.

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