Dec 172023

The doors slam open. Cory Doctorow enters, papers streaming from his unlatched briefcase. “I have been preparing for this blog post for my entire life!” he exclaims: Now, if you’ve heard anything about this, you’ve probably been told that Mickey isn’t really entering the public domain. Between trademark claims and later copyrightable elements of Mickey’s design, Mickey’s status will be too complex to understand. That’s totally wrong. […] The copyrightable status of a character used to be vague and complex, but several high-profile cases have brought clarity to the question. The big one is Les Klinger’s case against the Arthur Conan Doyle estate over Sherlock Holmes. That case established that when a character appears in…

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