are the rights to the Muppets from saturday Nigth Live still owned by the jim henson company, or are they owned by Disney? I know that NBC owns the rights to the show, but which company gets residuals when the land of gortch skits are shown? which company would be allowed to include those characters in a new production? I would think that the Jim Henson Company still owns them. after all, with the exception of food (from the christmas party skit), none of these characters were used in any other henson production. No muppet show, no muppet movies, no mopatops shop. However, during the openign credits, they are referred to as "jim hensons muppets". They were also called "muppets" on-screen in many episodes, such as in the one where scred and the mighty fuvog talk to chevy chase, or in the one with anthony perkins, or in their last appearance. however, I think that Jim henson considered all of his creations to be muppets. While the credits refferred to jim as muppets, the credits for Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock also refferred to the cast as muppets, and those characters are not owned by Disney. The DVD releases of fraggle Rock change the logo and remove the "Jim Hensons Muppets" credit. However, the Muppets name is still used in various Sesame Street products, although they are not called muppets in the credits of the current shows. There is usually a copyright credit for the use of the muppets name whenever it is used. This copyright credit is used on the packaging for various Sesame Street DVDs. Anyway, who owns the land of Gortch Muppets?