Republicans in Congress could block Disney copyright under the Don’t Say Gay series of legislation

A number of Republican lawmakers have signaled they could block Disney from renewing the copyright on an iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon as punishment for the company’s stance on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the Republican Studies Committee, circulates a letter among the GOP faction telling Disney CEO Bob Chapek his intention to oppose a future renewal of Disney’s copyrights. National Review reports.

Disney’s rights to his Steamship Willie Mickey Mouse, which first appeared in a short film in 1928, expires on January 1, 2024, although more recent renderings remain protected by separate copyrights.

Mr Banks writes that Disney’s opposition to the Parents’ Rights in Education Act shows it has capitulated to “far-left activists through hypocritical, bubbly corporate actions” and accuses them of “kowtowing” to China.

“It is unfortunate that Disney, once an American success story, has allied itself with a hostile foreign regime and domestic ideologues seeking to tear our country apart,” writes Mr. Banks of Indiana.

Far-right Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan said National Review He supported the move to block Disney’s copyrights.

“Disney used to be an inspiration to all American families, but now it seems to have given in to the woke mob,” he told the conservative publication.

Jim Jordan, left, and Jim Banks are leading culture warriors in the Republican faction

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Republicans are also favored to retake the House and Senate in November’s midterm elections as President Joe Biden’s approval ratings remain underwater.

Mr. Jordan is the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, which would oversee new copyright legislation.

The Independent has reached out to Disney for comment.

Disney has been criticized by Republicans for opposing the “Don’t Say Gay” law, which prohibits Florida educators from speaking about sexual orientation and gender identity. Defenders of the bill emphasize how it focuses on students in kindergarten through third grade, but the bill contains broader language that affects students of all grades.

Republican lawmakers in Florida are considering whether to repeal a decades-old agreement with The Walt Disney Company that effectively allows Disney to regulate the county in which its parks and properties operate.

Disney lobbyists were instrumental in passing the Copyright Act of 1976 and the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 to secure intellectual property protection.

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