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Winnie the Pooh royalties battle resurfaces

Television and film producer Stephen Slesinger obtained the rights to the beloved children’s character from author A.A. Milne in 1930, but they were transferred to Disney in 1961.

In September (09), a judge ruled in Disney’s favour after an 18-year, $2 billion legal battle over the rights – but Slesinger’s family now insist they are still owed a large sum in royalties.

Slesinger family spokesman Lonnie Soury says, “Though the decision established that Disney is the licensee, we are still owed hundreds of millions of dollars. We don’t know exactly what that figure is because Disney accounting is Hollywood accounting.”

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But Disney spokeswoman Michelle Bergman insists, “We’ve always acknowledged that some of the rights we obtained are royalty bearing and continue to be so.”

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