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    Schlesingers wins Pooh case (Merged)

    Dow Jones Newswire is reporting that a Federal court has decided in Schlesinger's favor over Disney regarding the Pooh copyright case. CNBC reported that the Schlesingers will seek $2 billion dollars in damages.
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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    Yikes! a BIG ouch for WDC...

    So now the case goes into the penalty phase....

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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    First off it's Slesinger not Schlesingers..... and secondly here is a link to an article about it.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...04529426&EDATE=

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    Federal District Judge
    Florence-Marie Cooper, of the United States District Court, Central
    District, issued a major decision in the federal copyright case, granting
    Stephen Slesinger, Inc.'s Motion for Summary Judgment, effectively ending
    the Walt Disney Company's efforts to take back the Winnie the Pooh
    copyright.

    Yuck.... this could lead to big trouble financially for the WDC. I really don't see how they could be awarded all 2bil, but that is obviously a good debate to be had.

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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    Quote Originally Posted by jurgenb52 View Post
    First off it's Slesinger not Schlesingers.....
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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    Quote Originally Posted by jurgenb52 View Post
    Yuck.... this could lead to big trouble financially for the WDC. I really don't see how they could be awarded all 2bil, but that is obviously a good debate to be had.
    Given the huge pile-o-cash that Pooh has generated for Disney for the past 20 years or longer, the damages being sought seem reasonable. Two billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the total earnings from Pooh for WDC.

    I'm expecting the family to be awarded at least 75% of what they're seeking.
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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    Slesinger Family Press Release

    Slesinger Family Wins 'Pooh" Copyright Case



    Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment Against Disney Slesinger Pursuing Damages Against Disney Including Terminating US and Canadian Television, Media and Merchandising Rights to Winnie the Pooh

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 -- Federal District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, of the United States District Court, Central District, issued a major decision in the federal copyright case, granting Stephen Slesinger, Inc.'s Motion for Summary Judgment, effectively ending the Walt Disney Company's efforts to take back the Winnie the Pooh copyright.

    Barry Slotnick, Slesinger's attorney from the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, said, "The Court once again has once ruled that Disney's claims against Slesinger are improper. Now that Disney's misguided claims have been dismissed, we can focus on pursuing Slesinger's claims against Disney for damages, trademark and copyright infringement, breach of contract, and fraudulently underpaying royalties, and seeking in excess of $2 billion in compensatory and general damages. We applaud the granting of our motion for summary judgment."

    "In 2003, the U.S. district court in Los Angeles held there was no basis whatsoever for the first of two termination notices secured by Disney under the Copyright Act from the granddaughters of author A.A. Milne and one of the illustrators of his Winnie the Pooh stories. Now, the other shoe has dropped. The Court held there is no basis for the other termination notice instigated by Disney. The fact that the Court has now held that there is no need even for a trial concerning either termination notice shows that Disney had no business starting this lawsuit in the first place. The bottom line is that Disney's attempt to evade its royalty obligations to Slesinger has failed," said Roger Zissu, of the law firm of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.

    "It was Disney's attempt to take back the rights granted to my father over 70 years ago that led this case into federal court. Perhaps Disney might have spent their time merchandising Winnie the Pooh worldwide instead of attempting this scheme to take back what the court has thankfully ruled has been the Slesinger's all along: the rights to Winnie the Pooh," said Pati Slesinger.

    In addition to the state case, Stephen Slesinger, Inc., has petitioned the United States Trademark and Patents Office seeking cancellation of a number of trademarks taken out by Disney on Winnie the Pooh based on the allegation that Disney had no legal right to do.
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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    In addition to the state case, Stephen Slesinger, Inc., has petitioned the United States Trademark and Patents Office seeking cancellation of a number of trademarks taken out by Disney on Winnie the Pooh based on the allegation that Disney had no legal right to do.
    Hopefully this action results in the removal of the DL Pooh attraction.

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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    Country Bears... come back!!!!

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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    I blame Eisner.




    The jerk.
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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    Was there anything Eisner ever did right?

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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    He saved the company from corporate take overs .

    Anyway, like I said in the other thread about this topic, this is just one big mess./

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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    Uh, for the record, it was Roy that did that, twice...
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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    I'm surprised no one has killed him, yet.

    ... Eisner, that is.

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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    Was there anything Eisner ever did right?
    He quit.

    (But, he didn't even do that right, he stayed too long. )

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    Re: Breaking News: Schlesingers wins Pooh case

    I posted a longer response in the News section, but suffice to say Disney will pay in the end, although not a billion, but likely well over $100 million.

    And they could have avoided it all a decade ago by hammering out a fair royalty package instead of trying to take it all.

    And, yes, this is another example of Eisner's legacy and it isn't pretty.

    How much money will be paid off to folks he screwed (or vice versa) before all is said and done? My answer: enough to build a real park in Anaheim or keep the ones in Florida fresh and sparkling clean.

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