Characters That Should Be Public Domain (If It Wasn't For Disney)
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Characters That Should Be Public Domain (If It Wasn’t For Disney)

Disney ‘s corporate lobbying means a whole host of characters and concepts are still in copyright, when they’d otherwise be in the public domain. The relationship between Disney and Sony Pictures recently broke down, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe losing Spider-Man as a result. In an ironic twist, without Disney’s lobbying, Spider-Man would be in the public domain by now. Disney has long been fighting a running political battle to ensure the copyright license to Mickey Mouse continues for as long as possible. As a direct result of Disney’s lobbying, in 1976 and again in 1998, Congress extended the duration of copyright to allow Disney to keep Mickey safe and secure. These extended copyright terms have had a strange effect on the entertainment industry, especially given film studios and networks increasingly depend on old and established franchises. If not for Disney, a number of high-profile superheroes would now be public domain, which would have a profound impact on Hollywood. Continue scrolling to keep reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Start now advertising Related: Disney Has Just Had Its Worst Week There are literally hundreds of established franchises that are still protected because of […]


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