German Court: OK to Reprint Nazi-Era Newspapers

(AP) The German court

ruled Wednesday that the state of Bavaria

cannot use copyright law to prevent a new publication from reprinting

newspapers produced by the Nazi regime in the early years of Adolf Hitler's


Bavaria holds the rights to Nazi

publications, including Hitler's "Mein Kampf." However, the Munich state court rejected - at least in part - Bavaria's bid to use

copyright to block reprints of two Nazi papers, the Voelkischer Beobachter and

Der Angriff.

The court ruled that the

rights on those newspaper editions published before 1939 have now expired.

Bavaria's Finance Ministry said it would