B.millionaire and richest man in the world Elon Musk has spoken on Twitter about Disney’s copyright laws and how they absurdly protect the extent of Mickey Mouse’s ownership.
Mickey Mouse Copyright Laws
The Tesla CEO used his recently acquired Twitter platform to claim that “current copyright law, in general, absurdly goes far beyond protecting the original creator.”
That said, he currently supports US Senator Josh Hawley’s bill that would create a restriction on the company’s protection over the use of the Mickey Mouse mascot.
DMCA is “a plague on humanity”
Although there is no clear answer as to why he supports the Republican senator, he also stated that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is “a plague on humanity.”
In 1998, the DMCA was inaugurated as a law and offers creators of original content on the Internet some protections so that it is not distributed over the Internet without permission from the owners of the rights of said production.
Looks good so far… but
Some say it impedes the free flow of information on the web by allowing intellectual property owners to order the removal of content even if there are no copyright violations.
The Republican senator’s counterproposal is to have the Copyright Clause Restoration Act because it can kick in retroactively to Disney’s original copyright of the mascot’s first introduction nearly a hundred years ago, in 1928, in the Steamboat Willie animation that had the first protection of 56 years and has been renewed since then.