Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Temporary Restraining Order Issued in Salinger Case; Publishers Weekly, 6/17/09

Andrew Albanese via Publishers Weekly; Temporary Restraining Order Issued in Salinger Case:

"In a precedent-setting ruling today, federal judge Deborah Batts ruled that J.D. Salinger’s most famous character, Holden Caulfield, is protected by copyright. She did not rule, however, on whether Swedish author Fredrik Colting’s use of Salinger’s iconic character in his book 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye was allowable under fair use, and issued a temporary restraining order blocking its publication...

Whatever Batts's ultimate ruling on the fair use aspect of the case, a final decision in the case will most likely come from the appellate court, since Batts's decision will be appealed by either losing side...

Salinger has a right, attorney Marcia Paul told the court, "to keep The Catcher in the Rye or Holden Caulfield frozen in time for the life of his copyright.""

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