Bavaria wins dispute with Czech firm over Hitler's bookČTK | 20 September 2010
Prague, Sept 17 (CTK) - The Prague Municipal Court allowed a complaint by Bavaria and ordered KMa s.r.o. firm to withdraw from sale and liquidate all books by Adolf Hitler.
The verdict is not yet valid. It can be appealed.
Bavaria complained against KMa over the allegedly unauthorised publication of Hitler's Mein Kampf. Copyright on Hitler's work is held by the Bavarian Finance Ministry.
Bavaria wanted KMa to withdraw and liquidate copies of Mein Kampf, excerpts and commentaries on it and a manuscript by Hitler edited by Gerhard L. Weinberg, all in Czech translations.
Petra Schinnenburgova, Bavaria's defence lawyer, said Bavaria wants "the idea of Mein Kampf not to be on the market."
Bavaria gained copyright on Hitler's work from the victorious powers shortly after World War Two. Its validity will expire 70 years after Hitler's death, or in 2015.
The Bavarian Finance Ministry was entrusted with managing the copyright. The ministry has been stubbornly refusing to permit publication of the books even for scientific purposes.
Hitler wrote Mein Kamp in 1924 in prison where he was sent after a failed Nazi courp d'etat in Munich in 1923.