Originally Posted by merced
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.
What makes you think that another law won't be passed which would block characters like Mickey Mouse or Superman going public again?