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By Richard Gearhart
Founding Partner

Mickey Mouse is Back in the Public Domain: The Expired Magic of Disney

Join us in this IP in the News segment of the Passage to Profit Show – Road to Entrepreneurship as we dissect the fascinating implications of Disney’s iconic character, Mickey Mouse, stepping into the realm of the public domain after a 95-year copyright reign. As the original Steamboat Willie sets sail into a new era, the hosts explore the potential highs and lows of this momentous event. From the specter of horror movie adaptations to concerns about creative dilution, the episode navigates the fine line between artistic freedom and the protection of intellectual property. Join the discussion as the hosts share insights from legal perspectives, artistic fears, and the broader societal impact of characters like Mickey Mouse shedding their copyright shackles. Get ready for a thought-provoking journey through the enchanting yet complex world where copyright law meets creative expression.

Richard Gearhart and Kenya Gipson co-hosts of The Passage to Profit Show have this discussion with Adam Carroll from The Shred Method, Eha Urbsalu from Viking Beauty Secrets and Katie Santoro from River City Virtual Assistants.

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About the Author
Richard Gearhart, Esq. is the founder of Gearhart Law and the host of a weekly radio show for entrepreneurs called “Passage to Profit”. He has built a firm with an international presence that helps entrepreneurs from around the world with their patent, trademark and copyright needs. Richard commands a breadth of experience that comes from nearly 30 years of practice in the writing and prosecution of hundreds of patents, and in all aspects of Intellectual Property law. In 2022, Richard was recognized by ROI New Jersey as a 2022 ROI Influencer in the Law List category for being one of the best of the best in New Jersey for intellectual property law. Gearhart Law emerged from Richard’s passion for entrepreneurship and startups and his belief that entrepreneurship grows the economy and creates jobs. When we started Gearhart Law, our goal was to help and support the new business ventures of 500 entrepreneurs and inventors. After 12 years, the firm has far surpassed this goal; today, we look forward to helping even more inventors and entrepreneurs get off to a great start and reach their own goals.