Christine Xiao

focuses her practice on intellectual property transactions, privacy and cybersecurity, and technology commercialization. She has experience performing claims analysis for pending patents on new technologies, reviewing foreign third-party vendors to ensure compliance with anti-corruption statutes, and collaborating to assess risks related to customer and employee data use. She practices in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Raleigh, NC office.

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How ‘Public’ is the Public Domain? Winnie-the-Pooh Illustrates Copyright Limitations of Public Domain Works

You may have heard that on January 1, 2022, Winnie-the-Pooh and the other characters from the Hundred Acre Wood are now in the public domain. But did you know that not all of Christopher Robin’s friends are treated the same in the eyes of copyright law? The characters have multiple authors, including A.A. Milne who first published Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926, and The Walt Disney Company, which brought the stories to the screen. Milne’s characters from his 1926 books entered the public domain at the beginning of this year, but Disney’s iteration remains copyright protected for now.