The group Disney (DISB34) will lose all copyright on the Mickey Mousefrom 2024. The mascot created in 1928 by the company’s founder, Walt Disneyand by the designer About Iwerkswill no longer be exclusive.
The character, the main symbol of the company, will become public domain. In other words, the company will lose the exclusive use of the work.
“In 2024, any third party will be allowed to use the 1928 Mickey Mouse, even for commercial purposes, but it will be very difficult to use this creation without bumping into logos, typography and other elements that were registered at another time and are still protected”clarifies Valdomiro Soarespresident of Grupo Marpa.
The only version of Mickey that enters the public domain is the one from 1928, which appeared in the movie ‘O Vapor Willie‘, says Soares. “All other Mickey variations and modernizations [que não sejam de 1928] are still protected and with exclusive use”clarifies.
The president of Grupo Marpa emphasizes that it is important to understand what works in the public domain are, since there are limitations and rights of use by third-party creations and, in this way, guarantee that creators will receive the merits and profits of their work.
Often, large companies, such as Disney, also register the design linked to the brand, making its protection permanent, as is the case with other designs that make up newer versions of the character. Mickey Mouselike white gloves.