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Disney’s Vintage Mickey Makes Waves in NFT World After Copyright Expiry

Mickey Mouse, the iconic mascot of the Walt Disney Company, has broken free from the shackles of copyright and made a splash in the world of NFTs. The earlier version of Mickey – featured in the 1928 short film “Steamboat Willie” – recently entered the public domain, marking a historic moment in the realm of intellectual property. On January 1st, 2024, the Steamboat Willie version of Mickey Mouse became available to the public as its copyright expired after nearly a century. United States law limits copyright protection to 95 years. Prominent NFT marketplace OpenSea witnessed a surge in trading volume related to the vintage Mickey Mouse.

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