Mickey Mouse DTS


Super Anarchist
Victoria, BC
It's their distraction protocol. Get the little people to argue about gay mickey mouse, and they won't notice the grifting going on at the highest levels.



Super Anarchist
Disney should lay low until October and then announce that they are relocating to their Bahamas location at Castaway Cay. DeSantis would become the most hated politician in existence, besides Putin. Orlando becomes a ghost town, DeSantis is blamed, loses his election, and any chance at the presidency. Long live the mouse.


Pertinacious Tom

Importunate Member
Punta Gorda FL
That copyright should have been dead a long time ago. Killing it is right, doing it as political punishment is wrong and probably violates the first amendment IMO. Well, corporate first amendment rights anyway...


The Constitution's stated purpose in allowing the establishment of copyrights was not to financially benefit publishers, but rather to "promote the progress of science and useful art." In other words, copyrights were not intended to be century-long monopolies but to spur innovation. Keeping Mickey Mouse under the sole custody of one company, despite the fact that Steamboat Willie itself borrowed from films of its day, is completely contrary to the spirit of the Constitution, as well as free enterprise. Walt Disney was not guaranteed 95 years of exclusivity in 1928, and he still saw fit to release Steamboat Willie—clearly, the existing laws did not deter innovation in animation.

In 2012, Derek Khanna, a staffer with the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), drafted a memo that called for an overhaul of the U.S. copyright structure. Based on the premise that the U.S.' copyright laws do not currently spur innovation, the document advocated for sharply limiting copyright terms, as well as expanding exceptions like fair use and lowering the punitively high dollar amounts that can be assessed for violations (the likes of which Disney jealously polices).

But the memo rankled lobbying groups for content-creating industries. The RSC retracted the memo within a day, and Khanna was fired. Ironically, the chairman of the RSC at the time was Jim Jordan, the Congressman who now attests that "Congress should not add to Disney's 90+ years of federal copyright protection to incentivize its new far left agenda." Ideally, Congress would not give any company 90 years of copyright protection, regardless of its political agenda. By singling out Disney for its political speech as the reason not to carve out further sweetheart deals for the entertainment industry, Jordan looks to be doing the right thing for seemingly corrupt reasons.

"I can't think of an idea that's so facially unconstitutional," Khanna told Reason this week after the news broke. "[Jordan] is threatening to expire Disney—yes, copyright should expire, and that's what the [RSC memo] said. But it was equal for everyone… I would never sanction this activity."