- Sep 25, 2001
The mascot of Disney and one of the most recognisable characters in pop culture, Mickey Mouse, will be out of its owner's grasp next year. As per the New York Times, 'Steamboat Willie', the short animated film that introduced the character in 1928 is out of copyright. As per the US copyright...
Originally, copyright laws expire after 75 yrs from first publication.
Mickey Mouse first appeared in 1928.
Then the Mickey Mouse protection act was passed in 1998 extending the expiration term by 20yrs, so 95 yrs from publication.
2024 is the new copyright expiration date for the steamboat version of Mickey Mouse.
In today's political climate, i doubt Biden/Dems are willing to extend it.
I'm surprised Disney didn't push/buy an extension under Trump's presidency when he controlled both chambers of Congress.
Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh became public domain in 2022.
It made 50x profit, so there will be a sequel.
Hm... bestiality in Part2?