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Hitler Hated Bambi!! | Disney Bambi Lawsuit

Bambi Book Burned By Nazis!!

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Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film produced by Walt Disney. Based on the 1923 book Bambi, a Life in the Woods, by Austrian author Felix Salten.
The recurring theme throughout the book is how man hunts deer.
Hitler believed this represented the Jewish persecution by the Nazis and the book was banned and the author who had changed his name, escaped to Switzerland where he remained till his death.

Many copies of the novel were burned by the Nazi's, making original first editions rare and difficult to find.
In 1936, Salten sold some of the rights to the novel for a mere $1000 to MGM producer Sidney Franklin, who in turn, sold it to Disney for the creation of a film adaptation.
After Salten's death in 1945, his daughter inherited the copyright and formulated an agreement with Disney regarding the novel's rights.
Upon her death in 1977, the rights passed to her husband, who sold the rights to the publishing house Twin Books in 1993.

Twin Books and Disney disagreed on the terms of Disney's original contract and Twin Books filed a lawsuit against Disney for copyright infringement. claiming Disney owed it money for the continued licensing for the use of the book.
Disney argued that because Salten's original 1923 publication of the novel did not include a copyright notice, by American law it was immediately considered public domain. Which meant anybody could use Salten’s work without paying the creator.
The Court ruled that the novel was copyrighted upon its publication in 1923 in Germany, and not a public domain work.

But The American copyright of the novel is currently set to expire on January 1, 2022, and it will enter the Public domain.
Considered a classic, the film has been called "the crowning achievement of Walt Disney's animation studio" and was named as the third best film in the animation genre.
But the man who wrote Bambi didn't make any money from the Disney movie.

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