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Mickey mouse, we probably won't see him only in cartoons anymore, Disney is ending his copyright.

I've been seeing quite a bit of news about $DIS+0.0% on the web lately .+0.0% The cartoon mouse that the company grew up on will no longer have its rights, so anyone else can use it without asking the company or paying them anything. 🐭

Disney's most famous character is being redesigned. And it's not pretty, in my opinion. For me, this figure still remains a childhood icon. The company lost copyright protection on an early version of Mickey Mouse this year, giving film and video game makers a chance to re-imagine the family rodent - mostly as a killer. These Mickeys wouldn't be allowed through the gates of the Magic Kingdom.



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This information didn't take long to come to light, and already the minds of directors and game makers are conjuring up all sorts of ideas about how to reimagine the mouse. Here is one example. Steven LaMorte, the producer and director, said he's working on an untitled film that will shoot this spring in New York and be released later this year. It's set on a boat that is attacked by commuters by what LaMorte calls a "mysterious, vicious and murderous mouse."

Famous killers can help win over audiences, said Rhys Frake-Waterfield, director of "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey."

The shock value also helps. "With Winnie the Pooh, he's so friendly and sweet," Frake-Waterfield said. "It's a huge contrast to see him grab someone by the head and stab them in the eye."

The sequel, "Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2," comes out in March with another character who entered the public sphere this year: Pooh's friend Tigger. The bouncy tiger will also kill people, Frake-Waterfield said.

They're low-budget horror movies, so for me they're just boring, unwatchable movies that I personally wouldn't put on and kill time. Of course, that's my opinion, and for many it can be a great contrast, and enough people I read even say it can help bring these characters to life and add to the company's advertising.

While anyone can use Mickey from "Steamboat Willie" (the famous and first appearance in the 1928 black-and-white film "Steamboat Willie" along with his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, an early version of which is now also in the public domain), Disney owns the trademark to its mascot, meaning companies can't try to fool people into thinking their reimagined movies, shows or games come from Disney, Jenkins said. Disney declined to comment on the projects that were announced, but said in a statement that it will continue to protect more modern versions of Mickey Mouse, "just as it will work to protect against consumer confusion caused by unauthorized use of Mickey and our other iconic characters."

What do you think of this change? 😊...of course this can be grasped in different ways, interesting ideas can arise, lots of creative people are free to work with the Mickey character, on the other hand, in this day and age where violence is already so common to see, it seems a shame to drag this character into this as well.

I'm curious what will come out of it for other creators,in terms of stock I don't feel that it will affect anything fundamentally

I read some analysis on this somewhere and it shouldn't.

But you never know :D

I'll really hate to see what other studios/companies make of this character.

Agreed, that's the two of us as I wrote, I'm not a fan of what will now emerge as "gossip"

They have written "early versions" meaning black and white, or what all that refers to somehow I don't understand. Like if the color rights are constantly applied to color and not to black and white, or if it's completely without rights, but they wouldn't write "early version". 😃 What do you think ?

I take back I already know the modern version is not affected 🙂 "While the copyright for the older version of the character has expired, Disney has reminded the public that the modern versions remain unaffected"

Yes, yes, that's right. They still have the rights to the modern version, but I don't know, it's weird to me, the difference between the old and modern version, just Mickey is one to me just maybe in some very similar ways, I don't know. I only know it from my childhood, now it's more Marvel related, we'll see what it means next, anyway it felt like one of the major events that's why I mentioned it here. 😊

It's a shame and it will probably happen that this character will appear in horror films. Honestly, it's a real shame and I hate to see this character change.

That's right, we're the same way. I don't like it either, it doesn't fit with that and what do you think it might do to the company's finances and share price?

This is exactly what I think should perhaps not affect the finances and the share price.

Otherwise, enjoy your vacation. What country did you fly to?

It's a shame and it will probably happen that this character will appear in horror films. Honestly, it's a real shame and I hate to see this character.