Big Greed Over A Lovable Bear

Winnie the Pooh earns about a billion dollars a year for Disney – about the same as Micky Mouse. But the lovable bear “would no doubt scratch his fluff-stuffed head in disbelief at what’s going on” with the rights to his likeness and stories. But the family that acquired rights from Pooh creator AA Milne in 1930, is “embroiled in an epic legal battle with the Walt Disney Co. over the merchandising rights to the world’s most beloved bear.” The family “accuses Disney of cheating it out of royalties for nearly two decades” and want their contract with Disney voided so “they can shop Pooh around to competing entertainment companies. Disney vigorously disputes the allegations.”