Mickey Mouse will be in the public domain by 2024

As of January 1, 2024, Mickey Mouse, Disney’s iconic mouse, will become public domain. Marking the end of a long legal struggle for the entertainment company. This change means that Mickey Mouse will be able to be used in various works without the need to pay royalties.

The release of Mickey Mouse should have occurred in 2004, according to the first U .S. Copyright Act. This established that works became public domain 75 years after their creation. However, in 1998, Congress voted to extend copyright by an additional 20 years, delaying the release of new works until 2019.

Mickey Mouse será de dominio público en 2024

Disney was a major proponent of this rights extension and fought tirelessly to maintain control over Mickey Mouse and other creations. Now, after 95 years since its creation, Mickey Mouse finally joins the list of works that will enter the public domain in 2024.

January 1, 2024 will not only see the release of Mickey Mouse, but also other works, such as Tigger, Winnie the Pooh’s tiger friend, the novels “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” and “No News from the Front,” and Buster Keaton’s film, “The Cameraman,” all published in 1928.

Mickey Mouse será de dominio público en 2024

This change in intellectual property status opens the door to new interpretations and uses of previously protected characters. As an example, the movie “Winnie the Pooh: Honey and Blood” is mentioned, which is unrelated to the original character and was able to be made thanks to the release of copyright in 2019.

Disney, known for being very protective of its characters, faces the challenge of seeing how the world uses Mickey Mouse without legal restrictions. There is a possibility that the iconic mouse could be part of works that differ considerably from his traditional image. Thus generating concerns in the company about the creative direction that future projects may take with this now royalty-free character.