Court Rules Royalties To Be Paid to Goebbels Estate

Penguin-Random-House-interim-logo123In a controversial decision, Munich District Court in Germany has ruled that royalties must be paid to the family of WWII Nazi and war criminal Joseph Goebbels.

A biography of the Nazi, Goebbels by Peter Longerich, was published by (Penguin)Random Germany house in 2010 and contained excerpts taken from Goebbels personal diaries. Random House Germany was sued by the Goebbels estate for using those excerpts without compensation to the estate. Ironically, the lawyer for the estate is Cordula Schacht – his father was Hitler’s minister of economics.

Random House Germany argued that the excerpts were historical in nature and not subject to copyright laws and they should be allowed free use on moral grounds. The Munich court disagreed and ordered Random House Germany to pay royalties to the Goebbels estate.

“We are shocked by the [court’s] lack of historical interest…. They took the easy road. [They] can go on ignoring the fundamental question: should money go to the estate of a war criminal?” said Rainer Dresen, the general counsel of Random House Germany.

Random House Germany is appealing through the German supreme court.

Similar Articles




Recent Book Trailers



Don't Miss

Throwback Thursday Book Trailer: New Moon by Rebecca York

0   From March 9th, 2007 Dark secrets and parallel universes bring together a man who is part wolf and a woman who is his lifemate...from another...


After the events of the last book, Laurence has been found guilty of treason and is in jail. Temeraire has been placed in the...

Penguin Random House to Purchase Simon & Schuster

In a just released press release, it has been announced the Penguin Random House Books will purchase the veritable Simon & Schuster Publishing. Here are...

BLOG TALK RADIO: Twists, Turns, and Deadly Sins with thriller author Rachael Tamayo

Twists, Turns, and Deadly Sins with thriller author Rachael Tamayo LISTEN HERE!! Rachael Tamayo is a former 911 emergency operator and police dispatcher.  After twelve years...

A Light in the Darkness by Rian McMurtry Book Trailer

0 Angela Fujimori enters her sophomore year of high school with a world changed. She apprenticed herself to a necromancer classmate to learn magic and...

There’s a Book for That: Thanksgiving 2020

Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving like no other before it, probably. While the food traditions may be the same, our guests will be fewer as...

Disney Books: New YA Releases

REBEL ROSE by Emma Theriault  Happily ever after is only the beginning as Belle takes on the responsibility of becoming queen and learns to balance...

Frankenstein Comic Wins Award

For immediate release: Readers' Favorite recognizes "Adam Frankenstein" by Sheila English in its annual international book award contest, currently available at The Readers' Favorite International Book...

New York Public Library Author Talks

We love the New York Public Library! And we love their commitment to books, literacy, authors and community. NYPL offers author videos with some of...

Illustrated Romance Covers of 2020

Not everything in 2020 has been completely horrible. Some things were mildly horrible. Some weren't horrible and a little bit was actually kinda fun....