Hawley introduces a measure to strip Disney of copyright protection

(The hill) – Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would exempt “woke companies like Disney” from special protections that would allow companies to own copyrighted material for decades.

That Copyright Clause Restoration Act would limit copyrighted material to 56 years and apply the new rule retrospectively, meaning Disney and other companies could lose some copyright protections immediately if the law were passed.

The action is the latest Republican attack on Disney, which was stripped of self-government status at its Orlando, Fla., amusement park last month after Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed the media outlet for opposing the state’s Don’t Say Gay law, which bans discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.

Hawley’s bill follows Disney’s long list of iconic characters, spanning everything from Mickey Mouse to Marvel superheroes.

Hawley said in a press release that “the age of Republican handouts to big business is over.”

“Thanks to special copyright protections in Congress, bright companies like Disney have made billions while increasingly reaching out to bright activists,” Hawley said in a statement. “It’s time to take away Disney’s special privileges and usher in a new era of creativity and innovation.”

The Hill has reached out to Disney for comment.

After lobbying from Disney, Congress passed legislation in 1998 that expanded copyright protections for corporations, giving them ownership for 95 years from original publication or 120 years from incorporation. The law was dubbed the Mickey Mouse Protection Act.

The Copyright Clause Restoration Act limits copyrighted material to 28 years and allows owners to request an extension for an additional 28 years. Because the law would be applied retrospectively, Hawley said that “Disney would begin to lose protection for some of its oldest and most valuable copyrights.”

Disney has recently acquired some of the most iconic and expansive characters and universes, including Star Wars, Marvel and 21st Century Fox.

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Nate Jones

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