J.D. Salinger Lawsuit

I saw this on my iGoogle the other day and thought you guys might be interested.

Lawyers for Salinger filed suit in federal court this week to stop the publication, sale and advertisement of “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye,” a novel written by an author calling himself J.D. California and published by a Swedish company that advertises joke books and a “sexual dictionary” on its Web site.

“The Sequel infringes Salinger’s copyright rights in both his novel and the character Holden Caulfield, who is the narrator and essence of that novel,” said the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New York.

Published in 1951, “The Catcher in the Rye” is an iconic take on teen alienation that is consistently listed among the greatest English-language novels ever written.

Salinger, 90, who has famously lived the life of a recluse in New Hampshire for most of the past half-century, last published in 1965. With the exception of a 1949 movie based on one of his early short stories, he has never authorized adaptations of any of his work, even turning down an overture from director Steven Spielberg to make “Catcher” into a movie.

“There’s no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It’s all there,” the court filing quotes Salinger as saying in 1980. “Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time.”

The rest of the article is at CNN.

What are your thoughts? I can understand wanting to protect your character from other authors, but I’m not sure if your character should be protected legally.

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One Response to J.D. Salinger Lawsuit

  1. Robbie says:

    Personally, if someone else tried to make money off of my creation without my consent, yeah, I’d sue. Now, there’s a chance that this book is parody/satire, which is protected by copyright laws, but otherwise this is a gross infringement.

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