Will the James Bond theme ever become public domain?
Because Disney has so much invested in Steamboat Willie (copyrighted 1928), it is a given that they’ll do everything possible to prevent Congress from allowing works created after 1927 to go into the public domain.
And because the James Bond theme was 1st composed in 1962 by Monty Norman, the answer is probably no.
Disney has had huge success on this legislative front so far with the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act and Fairness in Music Licensing Act of 1998 . Despite this limitation, it often surprises media producers how many usable songs exist in the public domain such as Air on a G String, 1812 Overture and tracks found in this search result..
Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace where media producers and business owners can license high-quality, affordable music from a online community of musicians.