Copyright expires to lift the lid on Pooh's money pot – The Times

Winnie-the-Pooh has been an $80 billion golden bear for Disney for decades, but now others will be able to dip their paws into the literary honey pot.
From today, American copyright law will allow anyone to republish or adapt any work published on or before 1926 without needing to pay the author’s estate or seek permission.
It was a rich year for literary works, meaning the likes of the Bambi and A Life In The Woods are now fair game for modern storytellers.
But AA Milne’s beloved children’s book and its honey-guzzling bear is perhaps the most prized asset to enter the public domain. The plot, dialogue and characters from the 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh novel, as well as E.H. Shepard’s accompanying line drawings, will be free
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