Saturday, February 17, 2007

A Fight Over the Winnie the Pooh Honey Pot

A Beverly Hills family that has battled Walt Disney Co. for 15 years over Winnie the Pooh royalties will be allowed to keep sharing in the billion-dollar honey pot.U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper on Thursday dismissed a copyright lawsuit that sought to end Disney's obligation to pay the Slesinger family royalties for sales of Winnie the Pooh merchandise. In 1961, the Slesingers, who inherited the merchandising rights to the silly old bear and his forest friends, transferred those rights to Disney in exchange for ongoing royalty payments.

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