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L.A. Artist Protests Disney Copyright Extension With Mickey Mouse Stop Sign Interventions

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Something is rotten in the eyes of Denmark, a Los Angeles street artist who recently installed a series of Stop sign interventions in protest of Disney’s ongoing lobbying efforts to secure a Copyright Extension for the likeness of its famous mouse Mickey. The modified signs, whose shape evoke the silhouette of the cartoon rodent, read “Copyright extension needs to stop.”

“I recently did an installation in and around Los Angeles protesting Copyright Extension,” Denmark told street art blog Wooster Collective, “which is Disney’s very effective lobbying to keep Mickey Mouse, and works created thereafter, out of the public domain.”

The location of the guerrilla installations, which have since been taken down, was judiciously chosen for its proximity to Disney Studios in Burbank. It’s “a route I can only imagine every long term exec from the company would take on their way home,” Denmark noted. Disney execs, however, presumably have no intention of stopping — or even slowing — their push for Copyright Extension.

— Benjamin Sutton

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  1. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment
    didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

  2. Wish I had that artwork~

    *Sigh* Hopefully it won’t be extended. Most likely some clips are in the public domain; if not in the United States, it is elsewhere in the world. And even when it’s in the public domain the character is still trademarked…

    It’s so sad to see the copyright is lasting longer than the material. There are works with no owner, that are on tapes that are eroding. Yet if it was put in public domain and saved every company would come in saying it was theirs.

  3. by Get Over Yourself

    SHUT UP. All I hear are bitches whining because they don’t get to legally rip off Disney. Make your own characters, don’t wait for Mickey to be made public gosh, whiny babies…

  4. by Get Over Yourself

    I don’t mean @society and @disney, but others who’ve whined and not commented here but elsewhere :(

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