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 rule.

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 appeal.