Originally Posted by Showtime
Well I'm sure characters like Superman and Mickey Mouse will never be allowed to go to public domain as long as they are being utilized by their respective owners.
No, once the rights go public (75 years) no one owns them and anyone could use the character.
The law simply granted corporations another 20 years or so to exclusively use the characters. So Mickey too will eventually go public - 95 years after he was copyrighted by Disney.
The copyright extension applies across the board.
Otherwise Superman would be set to go public now which IMO would have been the best thing that could have happened.