Happy 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney's Death! No Mouse for You.

by chromatic

Wikipedia says that Walt Disney died 40 years ago today, 15 December 1966.

Tell me again how extending the copyright on Steamboat Willie (released in 1928) is going to encourage him to create more artistic works? Walt's been awfully quiet for a while now....


2006-12-15 09:46:13
I couldn't agree more.

I'll admit, I didn't pay any attention to copyright and didn't understand the fuss until I read this Q&A. Imagine that, I actually learned something from Slashdot.

2006-12-15 12:03:43
Well, it obviously won't encourage him, but it might encourage others to create more artistic work if they knew that their progeny would benefit. Either way, I have no real opnions on the issue.
2006-12-18 08:40:55
how did he die?

2007-01-25 15:24:36
hey guys, i just want to ask what date he actually died on and HOW?
2007-02-26 07:28:36
Best site I see. Thanks.
2007-03-29 01:36:55
The Man, the Mouse, the Vision. I think about you all the time, & you make me smile when I think about you.
2007-05-02 07:02:22
i luv minney mouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-07-12 01:57:04
Hi Walt i love orlando florida i go every year and go on all of the rides that you made for everyone to go on and more than 50,0000 people have been on them all already so thank you very much for it all i just got back and i going again next year so once more thank you and speak to you soon xx
noname person
2007-08-28 19:04:57
when did walt disney die

2007-10-15 19:01:48
2008-01-06 09:43:53
Happy B-day Wly Disney your the best!!!! :-)
2008-05-01 17:20:59
Disney died on Dec. 15, 1966 from lung cancer.


2008-05-01 17:22:04
And he's NOT frozen.


2008-05-09 12:28:37
Previously, copyright was 28 years, later amended to make it eligible for one 28 year extention. (In the seventies revised and currently at lifetime+70 years, I believe.)

I had heard Disney execs., concerned they would loose their star (after all, it all started with a mouse), created under older law, lobbied for change. I would not be surprised if others were on that bandwagon as well, although this is only my opinion.

(To answer a question from below: Walt died from Cancer, in the hospital, in December of 1966. He was cremated and is in graveyard out there. )

2008-06-27 23:04:43
Mickey Mouse will always be Walt Disney's, anyone that would want to take this mouse away from Disney, would never be able to convince the millions that wear those ears, that he or she, deserves any of the credit. It's as sick as Micheal Jackson having the rights to the beatles, It's perposterous, and I hope that the rights to that special mouse that my children met for the first time this month, are never released to anyone. Hears to you Walt.