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J.D. Salinger lawsuit

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by WaylonJennings, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Didn't this whole practice of literary ringing-and-running get tired back in, oh, 1973? I mean, I can see the thrill in Salinger-baiting... I suppose.... but the guy's ninety. Isn't it time to give it a rest?

    The only fitting coda to this is when he teeters out onto his front yard next month and publicly burns his five sequels to Catcher, all the while laughing manically.
  2. I Digress

    I Digress Guest

    Assuming Holden Caulfield and Catcher in the Rye are copyrighted, isn't Salinger in the right here?
  3. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    At some point, when you're as famous for being a recluse as anything you've accomplished in your life, it's just sad.
  4. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure under American copyright law you can't use previously-copyrighted characters as basis for new works without the permission of the rightsholders, except in the case of clear satire (which appears to be the basis of the defense).
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Of course, the suit will end when the defense tries to depose the plaintiff. Recluse is a tough gig if you're gonna be consistent about it.
  6. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Reading the lawyer they have in the link, it seems a bit murkier than that.

    Copyright law is always weird and hard to navigate.
  7. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    They'll send Ray Kinsella to find him.
  8. Went ahead and fixed that for you!
  9. topsheep

    topsheep Member

    The wanna-be publisher of the sequel is a fraud. He really is.
  10. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    OTOH, he did successfully stop the publication of some of his letters by lawsuit a while back. Not sure if he had to be deposed, though.
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