Disney Loses Appeal in "Pooh" Copyright Case

Law360, New York (January 21, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied an appeal by the granddaughter of British author A.A. Milne and the Walt Disney Co. to recapture the rights under copyright to Winnie the Pooh from the Slesinger family.

Citing a 1998 change to U.S. copyright law, Clare Milne had sought to gain control of her grandfather's works in November 2004. The author sold U.S. marketing rights in 1930, 1961 and 1983 to literary agent Stephen Slesinger, whose descendants are suing the Walt Disney Co....
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