At this point, Mickey Mouse and the Disney brand are practically inseparable. Since the company’s founding in the 1920s, the recognizable cartoon character has been associated with the multinational media conglomerate. He has now been a pillar of the brand for a very long time.
But all of that will change in a few years. The Guardianemphasized that the 2024 expiration date for Mickey Mouse’s Disney-owned copyright. That indicates that the recognizable character is now in the public domain and can be used by anyone. Any animator, director, or member of the creative team is free to use Mickey Mouse’s likeness without Disney objecting.
Mickey Mouse could soon leave Disney as 95-year copyright expiry nears https://t.co/LIFiZpycWQ
— Guardian Film (@guardianfilm) July 3, 2022
Mickey Mouse will essentially become a free agent by the year 2024, to put it in sports terms. However, unlike conventional free agency, it’s unlikely that the Mouse will only be signed by one more company. According to how the character is used, Disney may still take legal action, as Daniel Mayeda of the UCLA College of Law noted in the Guardian article.
“You can create your own Mickey Mouse stories or stories with this character by using the Mickey Mouse character as it was originally intended. However, Disney might claim that if you do it in a way that makes people think of them, you’ve violated their copyright.
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