This case is one of those examples of just how little childrens’ books have to do with the business world, despite the billions that said books make for major entertainment companies.
In an ongoing action between the owners of the Pooh (yes, the orange bear who loves honey) rights and Disney, the current users of the property, a judge today in Los Angeles came down largely in favor of the rights owners. While Disney says it will appeal, things are going very much against Disney so far. It is looking like a big-footed behemoth and is entirely unsympathetic.
Mind you, as this January, 2003, Fortune magazine article made clear, Shirley Slesinger Lasswell, a 79-year-old widow whose husband aquired the Pooh rights from A.A. Milne in 1930, is a shrewish nutbar.
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