Originally Posted by Showtime
What makes you think that another law won't be passed which would block characters like Mickey Mouse or Superman going public again?
Anything is possible. Americans are increasingly fed up with this kind of crony capitalism though - like the bailouts of the banks w/taxpayer money.
Sherlock Holmes has gone into the public domain - so characters have done this in the past. The exception was this law which circumvented, one time, the 75 year rule.