Winnie the Pooh, Copyright, Royalties and Disney

An 18 year old feud was ended this week when Disney successfully won a court case in LA. The Judge in the case found that the owner Stephen Slesinger had transferred all of his rights in the Pooh works to Disney. As a consequence he could not now claim infringement.

His daughter was reported as saying “Judge Florence Cooper provided a potential and an elegant middle-ground solution that will allow us to go forward with our business relationship – hopefully without more litigation.”

The Slesingers case had focused on Disney’s breach of contract, and that they had failed to disclose accurate royalty figures for sales of merchandise.

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