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Creators can legally use earliest Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they enter public domain


  • Disney's early Mickey and Minnie Mouse images enter the public domain as their US copyright expires on January 1, 2024.
  • Steamboat Willie, a 1928 film, is considered pivotal in Disney's history and is now free for public use, allowing creatives to repurpose the earliest versions of these characters.
  • While the original versions are free to use, Disney emphasizes that more modern iterations of Mickey Mouse remain under copyright protection.

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Jeremy Beckler

For those who don’t know here is steamboat willie which entered public domain: youtu.be/hmzO--ox7X0?si=EiV45TB8G0...

Side note: Corridor Digital seemed to post this just because now they can. ;)