On 5/16/06, Ryan Leavengood <leavengood / gmail.com> wrote:
> [snip] Disney has been spear-heading the constant
> increase of copyright expiration length in the US so that Steamboat
> Willy (the first Mickey Mouse cartoon) will not go into the public
> domain. I'm not sure why they want to do this, because I don't think
> they are making any money off it anymore, plus it becoming public
> domain does not release their trademark on Mickey. Maybe they are just
> evil ;)

My guess is that they're trying to avoid a precedent being set.