Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri tweeted this week that he would be introducing legislation to end The Walt Disney Company’s “special copyright protections.”
Hawley stated, “For years, [Disney] has gotten special copyright protections from the federal government – allowing them to charge consumers more. Woke corporations shouldn’t get sweetheart deals. I’ll introduce legislation this week to end their special protections – enough is enough.”
Hawley did not share specifics about his legislation or what copyright protections he was referring to.
The Walt Disney Company has lobbied multiple times to extend certain copyright protections so that their intellectual property would not fall into public domain. The Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 extended corporate copyright protection from 75 years to 95 years, keeping Mickey Mouse under Disney’s control until at least 2024. These extensions don’t just apply to Disney, though they are the ones pushing the hardest for them.
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