Welcome to the Public Domain Congratulate the world’s most widely recognized and beloved animated character, Mickey Mouse!
Disney’s beloved animated character Mickey Mouse has officially become part of the public domain. As of January 1, 2024, Walt Disney’s iconic sketches of the rodent with the red shorts, white gloves, and giant yellow shoes will be free for everyone to use.
Mickey Mouse first made his debut in November of 1928 in the animated short “Steamboat Willie,” starting his illustrious history in Hollywood and giving birth to a global empire of animated features, cartoon shorts and half hour specials, all of which brought joy to families all around the world.
Since ultimately becoming Disney’s most recognizable and loved character, Mickey Mouse has become a cultural symbol, appearing in movies, product endorsements, videogames, toys and all types of merchandise.
Now, Mickey Mouse fans can be certain that the beloved character is safe for generations to come, thanks to it entering the public domain. This means that anyone can choose to use the character in projects like artwork, film, television and new media without worrying about copyright laws.
Public domain status is also incredibly important for characters like Mickey Mouse, because it ensures that their original designs and likenesses will never diminish. This is the assurance that the character Mickey Mouse remains relevant and strong, assuring that he will remain in our hearts and minds forever.
The day when Mickey Mouse enters the public domain, the date that has been anticipated by many, has finally arrived. Today, the world celebrates a character that has been a part of our lives for generations, and the many memorable moments that Mickey Mouse has brought us.