The Times podcast: The fight to use Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse has been the mascot for Disney going back to the days of, well, Walt himself. But the copyright for the mouse that Disney has zealously guarded for decades is set to expire in just two years. That means the black-and-white version of Mickey Mouse depicted in “Steamboat Willie” would be in the public domain, where anyone can do anything with him and all of his magic and fame.
A group of Republicans, mad at some of Disney stances on social issues recently, want that to happen. Disney though, ain’t going to let Mickey go without putting up a hell of a fight. Read the full transcript here.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: L.A. Times travel reporter Hugo Martín
Republicans are trying to exterminate Mickey Mouse. Does anyone care?
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