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By Jeb Boettger
The Cascade Courier 

Mickey Mouse Officially Enters Public Domain


January 25, 2024

Mickey Mouse, as he appears in "Steamboat Willie"

This year, 58 years after the death of Walt Disney, The original design of Mickey Mouse as well as the rest of the Steamboat Willie cartoon has entered the public domain.

Mickey Mouse was first introduced in the cartoon "Steamboat Willie" In November of 1928 and since then has brought the Disney brand great success. Steamboat Willie is an animated short film Directed by Walt Disney and is notable for being the one of the first fully sound synchronized cartoons. This may not be the Mickey Mouse you are familiar with today. This is because the character has undergone many redesigns since the...

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