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Sen. Josh Hawley wants to strip Disney of copyright to Mickey Mouse in education row

Sen. Josh Hawley launched an attack on Disney’s copyright protection for Mickey Mouse, unveiling a bill on Tuesday that would strip it of its control of the iconic cartoon rodent.

His bill has little chance of succeeding but represents the latest salvo in Republican attacks on Disney since the company signaled its opposition to the Parental Rights in Education bill – known to critics as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.

Hawley’s proposal would limit copyright protection to 56 years, which would effectively mean anyone would use images of Mickey Mouse, who debuted in the 1928 eight-minute animation ‘Steamboat Willie.’

‘The age of Republican handouts to big business is over,’ said Hawley.

‘Thanks to special copyright protections from Congress, woke corporations like Disney have earned billions while…


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