Republicans target Disney’s special copyright protections

W32Y90 Washington, District of Columbia, USA. 11th July, 2019. United States Senator Josh Hawley (Republican of Missouri) speaks after being invited to do so by US President Donald J. Trump at the Presidential Social Media Summit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 11, 2019 Credit: Ron Sachs/CNP/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

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The GOP is not finished with Disney, and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is proving that by following in the footsteps of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) by introducing legislation that would strip the megalithic corporation of its special copyright protections.

“No more handouts for woke corporations,” Hawley stated on Tuesday. “Today I’m introducing legislation to strip @Disney of its special copyright protections.”

According to a report from Fox News, Hawley’s legislation called the “Copyright Clause Restoration Act of 2022” would retroactively drop copyrights for corporations down to 56 years. Additionally, the outlet reported that this would undo the old but still-used copyright law in Congress today, which can extend copyrights for 120 years.

Hawley’s move comes on the heels of Gov. DeSantis’ swift legal rebuke to their opposition to Florida bill HB 1557, the “Parental Rights in Education Bill,” which prohibits sex and gender identity conversations in the classroom for children in kindergarten to third grade. DeSantis signed a bill in April that stripped Disney of its special self-governing privileges in Florida.

The bill will reportedly cost Disney millions in taxes, and it will also force them to comply with rules and regulations outlined in Orange County to make changes and improvements to their property.

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