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Saturday, January 6, 2024

"Steamboat Willie" Enters Public Domain...

Mickey Mouse is Now in Public Domain. HORROR ENSUES...
Mickey Mouse entered the public domain on January 1, 2024 and studios have wasted NO time announcing off-brand Mickey Mouse and Steamboat Willie projects... most of them horror. But will Disney step in and sue them for trademark infringement? Probably...

Additional Context: Since "Steamboat Willie" entered the public domain in 2024, one notable project using the character is the slasher film "Mickey's Mouse Trap." This film, directed by Jamie Bailey and scripted by Simon Phillips, incorporates clips from "Steamboat Willie" into its narrative. The trailer, released right after "Steamboat Willie" entered the public domain, features a mouse mask-wearing killer in a storyline unrelated to Disney's productions. Disney, meanwhile, continues to protect its rights in modern versions of Mickey Mouse and emphasizes their ongoing role in Disney's storytelling and merchandise. "Mickey's Mouse Trap" explicitly states in its disclaimer that it is not affiliated with or endorsed by Disney and only uses the public domain version of Mickey Mouse from "Steamboat Willie."​
MICKEY'S MOUSE TRAP Official Trailer
It's Alex's 21st Birthday, but she's stuck at the amusement arcade on a late shift so her friends decide to surprise her, but a masked killer dressed as Mickey Mouse decides to play a game of his own with them which she must survive.

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