Disney could soon lose copyright over Mickey Mouse

Many of Disney's beloved characters, including longtime mascot Mickey Mouse, may soon lose their exclusive rights.

Mickey has been the jovial face of the multi-billion dollar Disney brand since his introduction in 1928.

But the unassuming mouse won't be available to the general public until 2024, 95 years after his debut.

An "anonymous or pseudo-anonymous body of artistic work" is only protected for 95 years under US copyright law before becoming freely usable.

Which well-known figures will Disney have to share next, and what does this mean for Disney?

The copyright for Pluto, Mickey's dog best friend, could expire in three years because he originally appeared in 1930.

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