Will Mickey Ever Die?
October 2003

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) in Eldred et al. v. Ashcroft. Popularly know as the "Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act," the CTEA extended the term of all copyrights an additional 20 years. By doing so, the CTEA prevented works from entering the public domain, works such as early Steamboat Willy drawings of Mickey Mouse, F. Scott Fitzgerald novels and George Gershwin songs. The CTEA also brought U.S. copyright law into harmony with that of the European Union.

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