A leading Republican senator is set to introduce legislation aimed at taking the woke Walt Disney Company down a couple of notches.
The bill set to be introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) would strip away the entertainment giant’s special copyright protections that have been granted by Congress, while also curbing the length of new copyrights.
The measure, called the “Copyright Clause Restoration Act of 2022,” would put a limit on copyrights granted to corporations by Congress to 56 years and retroactively implement the change on current companies including Walt Disney.
“The age of Republican handouts to Big Business is over. Thanks to special copyright protections from Congress, woke corporations like Disney have earned billions while increasingly pandering to woke activists. It’s time to take away Disney’s special privileges and open up a new era of creativity and innovation,” Hawley told Fox News Digital in an exclusive statement.
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According to Hawley’s office, Congress has used an old law, also known as the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act,” in order to extend copyrights to corporations for up to 120 years.
Instead of issuing copyright protections to create enough monopoly protection in order to foster innovation, companies are getting handouts from Congress for a much longer period than needed.
The action by Hawley comes after Disney publicly opposed Florida’s new parental rights legislation, which bars instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. Those opposed to the legislation, including Disney, have dubbed it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, saying the law is hurtful to LGBTQ rights and inclusiveness.
The Florida law doesn’t use the word “gay” at all, however, but says that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
Hawley isn’t the first Republican to think of this; Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill passed by the GOP-controlled legislature that will strip Disney of special tax and legal status granted the company when it decided to develop Walt Disney World in the latter 1960s over the company’s public opposition to the parental rights law.
“There’s going to be additional legislative action,” said the governor during a televised town hall event last month. “We’ve contemplated that. We know what we’re going to do, so stay tuned. That’ll all be apparent.”
The public is also on the side of DeSantis and Hawley.
A survey released in April regarding the revocation of Disney’s special status was a winner for DeSantis in terms of public opinion.
The poll from the Trafalgar Group specifically found that Americans are not happy with Disney after the company embraced the LGBTQ movement; nearly 7 in 10 Americans no longer want to do “business” with Disney and will instead seek out “family-friendly alternatives.”
The poll found that a whopping 68.2% of voters are now “less likely to do business with Disney.” Of that number, 57.2% said they are “much less likely” to buy from Disney.