Micky Mouse Coming In Public Domain! From New Year

Micky Mouse In Free To Use From Next Week

Yes, You read right in the title. After 95 years, the original version of Mickey Mouse, the one you know from “Steamboat Willie,” is officially enter the public domain in the United States. basically Mickey Mouse breaking free from copyright!

This means artists, filmmakers, and anyone with a spark of creativity can use this classic Mickey in their own works. While Disney still protects later versions of Mickey and his friends, this is a landmark moment for creativity and opens up exciting possibilities for the world of entertainment.

But, it’s also important to note that Disney might still stop or take legal action to those people who making Mickey Mouse anything too naughty or confusing people or may hurt Mickey’s image. But, still it’s a big win for the independent creators and filmmakers.

But the modern Mickey we know and love stays with Disney until at least 2036. So don’t go wild making Mickey Mouse merch just yet! This is just a small step in a big copyright story.

Micky Mouse Copyright History

Early Mickey: Back in 1928, copyright only lasted 56 years. This meant Mickey would be free for anyone to use by 1984.

Disney plays defense: Disney didn’t want to lose its star, so they kept convincing Congress to give Mickey more copyright time.

Big win in 1976: A new law extended copyright up to 75 years, pushing Mickey’s expiration date way back to 2003.

More Characters Entering Public Domain

2024Winnie-the-Pooh & Tigger
2024Lady Chatterley’s Lover
2025Jay Gatsby
2025Tommy Beresford
2026Jake Barnes
2027Mrs. Ramsay
2027Tuppence Beresford
2029Donald Duck
2034James Bond
2034Captain Marvel (DC)
2036Captain America
2036Wonder Woman

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