Disney could soon lose exclusive rights to Mickey Mouse due to copyright law

Disney could soon lose exclusive rights to Mickey Mouse due to public domain copyright law.

According to the Guardian, Mickey, who was created in 1928 and will enter the public domain in 2024.

Daniel Mayeda, the ​​associate director of the Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law told the Guardian “You can use the Mickey Mouse character as it was originally created to create your own Mickey Mouse stories or stories with this character. But if you do so in a way that people will think of Disney — which is kind of likely because they have been investing in this character for so long — then in theory, Disney could say you violated my copyright.”

The National Museum of American History explains “In his early years, the impish and mischievous Mickey looked more rat-like, with a long pointy nose, black eyes, a smallish body with spindly legs and a long tail.”

While this original version may lose it’s copyright, subsequent versions “still retains its copyright on any subsequent variations in other films or artwork until they also reach the 95-year mark.”