Mickey’s Copyright Adventure: Early Disney Creation Will Soon Be Public Property

December 27, 2022Media Mention
The New York Times

Aaron Moss, Chair of the Litigation Department and copyright expert, shared his commentary with The New York Times regarding the copyright protection of "Steamboat Willie," an iconic animated short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world, which is set to expire at the end of 2023. 


“I’m seeing in Reddit forums and on Twitter where people — creative types — are getting excited about the possibilities, that somehow it’s going to be open season on Mickey,” said Aaron J. Moss. “But that is a misunderstanding of what is happening with the copyright.”

“The question is where Disney tries to draw the line on enforcement,” Mr. Moss said, “and if courts get involved to draw that line judicially.”