when is it that it becomes legally impossible for copyright extension to have ownership and now belongs to the public
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Posted 3/24/12
I know that copyright extension makes it hard for people to have the hopes of there being a public domain for said object (Looks at the Walt Disney Company and Mickey Mouse).

While large companies like this may get extensions for the characters to an indefinite amount of time after the death of the creators, at what point can they no longer due this (other than maybe some company going out of business/bankrupt)?
That is, what conditions would it take for the extensions to be now longer possible? I am asking when is it that it becomes legally impossible for them to have ownership any longer and now have to face the fact it is in public domain?
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Posted 3/24/12 , edited 3/24/12
see chart: http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm

Life + 70 for personal, 120 for corporate.

If Disney's stuff is personally copyrighted, it's gonna be 2036 before it starts coming into the public domain.

Also, complications because of extension in the last copyright act. In theory, gov't can extend IP rights indefinitely, as far as I'm aware, but they probably wouldn't (or would get stopped judicially eventually).

Of course, fair use also a thing

[EDIT: US only, obvs]
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