Disney's original Mickey to become royalty free in 2024

Mickey Mouse
(Image credit: Disney)

As with many great creative assets, the spoils of time (and copyright) may eventually lead them to a future in the public domain. The latest big brand to lose a piece of its intellectual property is none other than the Disney corporation – yes that's right, Mickey Mouse is finally for the people.

Well, sort of. Ninety-five years after the creation of Disney's iconic Steamboat Willie animation, the original (and first-ever) rendition of Mickey Mouse will enter the public domain on 1 January 2024 – although there are a few stipulations. The stories, characters and even the numerous Disney logos all carry an iconic legacy, so it will be interesting to see how the public uses this legendary slice of history in future creations. 

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Natalie Fear
Staff Writer

Natalie is Creative Bloq's staff writer. With an eye for trending topics and a passion for internet culture, she brings you the latest in art and design news. A recent English Literature graduate, Natalie enjoys covering the lighter side of the news and brings a fresh and fun take to her articles. Outside of work (if she’s not glued to her phone), she loves all things music and enjoys singing sweet folky tunes.