The Walt Disney Company recently parted with its first version of the Mickey Mouse. Three NFT collections based on the rodent-themed character have appeared on OpenSea following the copyright expiration. They are among the top trending collections of the NFT marketplace.
Walt Disney and Ub iwerks introduced Mickey Mouse in 1928’s short film Steamboat Willie. Mickey Mouse’s earliest form did not have white shoes or oversized gloves. Following its debut, the Mickey Mouse character has played a crucial role in the Walt Disney Company’s brand and pop culture, becoming a mascot.
The company has not yet incorporated a subsidiary. Now lost its copyrightOver the earliest version the mouse-themed characters. The U.S. law on copyright, which was updated in 1998 required that copyrights remain in place for 95 years prior to entering the public domain. The original Mickey Mouse version was released in 2023.
The Walt Disney Company still retains ownership of the copyright for later Mickey Mouse versions. It means that the firm has the right to sue anyone that creates an animation character that resembles Mickey Mouse.
Following its entry into the public domain, several NFT collections have emerged, themed around Steamboat Willie’s Mickey Mouse. OpenSea’s current data indicates that an Ethereum NFT project called Steamboat WillieThe #1 trending collection. The collection includes 1,927 Mickey Mouse themed items at a price of 0.148 Ethereum.
A NFT project, called Steamboat Willie 2024 Public Domain. The collection’s trading volume is 427 ETH. That’s higher than Steamboat Willie (174 ETH). The collection also has a price floor of 0.204 ETH. The third collection of the trending projects includes Steamboat Willie’s Riverboat, with a trading volume and a floor price both of 17 ETH.
Disney has a wide range of products. Mickey Mouse has been replaced as the official mascotThe latest individual projects that promote the character show how animation, art and non-fungibility are all interconnected.