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15 Dec 2023

Mickey Mouse Will Enter Public Domain in 2024

In 2024, the earliest versions of Disney's iconic character Mickey Mouse [will become public domain](https://fortune.com/2023/12/14/mickey-mouse-disney-copyright/). This includes the seminal 'Steamboat Willie' version. The implication is that the character in his original form will no longer be under Disney's exclusive copyright control. But Disney [plans to continue protecting its rights](https://www.gamespot.com/articles/mickey-mouse-will-become-public-domain-in-2024-but-there-is-more-to-the-story/1100-6519965/) regarding modern versions of Mickey Mouse, signaling potential legal battles over how far creators can push the limits with the public domain version.