Books: Hitler Royalties

Until last March, U. S. readers had never seen an unexpurgated, full-length translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf. Then, simultaneously, two U. S. editions appeared. Publishers Houghton Mifflin,* who owned the copyright, sued Stackpole Sons for piracy. Stackpole refused to haul down their jolly roger. Said they: Hitler's copyright was illegal. Besides, said Stackpole, no royalties from their edition would go to Author Hitler. After preliminary legal skirmishes, a District Court last summer granted a temporary injunction, restraining Stackpole from selling their edition.

Stackpole took the case to the Supreme Court, last fortnight lost...

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