GOP takes aim at Mickey Mouse copyright over Disney opposition to Florida bill

Republican lawmakers might try to use an expiring copyright on Mickey Mouse to punish Disney for its vocal opposition to controversial Florida education legislation.

The copyright on Disney’s well-known Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse, the first iteration of the company’s signature character, is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2024, and Rep. Jim Banks has written a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek that says he and other lawmakers oppose “further extensions applicable” to the company’s copyrights, which he said should become public domain.

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