"Mickey’s Copyright Adventure: Early Disney Creation Will Soon Be Public Property"
"The version of the iconic character from “Steamboat Willie” will enter the public domain in 2024. But those trying to take advantage could end up in a legal mousetrap."
This is a highlight from the article in The New York Times:
"Here is where it gets tricky: Disney also holds trademarks on its characters, including the “Steamboat Willie” version of Mickey Mouse, and trademarks never expire as long as companies keep submitting the proper paperwork. A copyright covers a specific creation (unauthorized copying), but trademarks are designed to protect against consumer confusion — to provide consumers assurance about the source and quality of a creation."
Here is the link to the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/27/business/mickey-mouse-disney-public-domain.html
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