In 1926, British writer AA Milne and illustrator EH Shepard published the first collection of Winnie the Pooh stories. This adorable kid character immediately gained popularity and eventually became one of the most successful franchises of all time. Thanks to the time that has passed since then Winnie the Pooh is in the public domain and anyone can offer their own creations based on it for sale without worrying about copyright lawsuits. But be careful because Disney still owns the most popular version of the character.
The version of Winnie the Pooh that we know from films, cartoons and children’s books – the chubby orange teddy bear with a red shirt – still belongs to Disney, which bought the rights to the character and adapted it with its most popular image until the early 1960s.
Other characters that appeared in Milne’s first book, such as Piglet (Piglet) and Igor (Eeyore), are now in the public domain as well. Tigger appeared in his works a few years later, so it will remain the intellectual property of Mickey Mouse for a while.
Creators cannot use the same image as Winnie the Pooh and these characters in Disney works. The original image of it was not much different from ordinary stuffed animals.
To further complicate matters, the works that are in the public domain are the ones that use hyphens in the character’s name (Winnie Pooh). When Disney started using the character it removed the scripts. This helped them make a case for their bear that was legally different from the original books, illustrations, and toys.
Just in case, these messages and references to Winnie the Pooh have nothing to do with Xi Jingping, the President of China. We don’t want the same thing that happened to us dedication.