Thursday, March 15, 2018

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’; New York Times, March 14, 2018

Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson, New York Times; Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’

"The move to assert more control over the play is perhaps a sign of how Ms. Carter views her role as a guardian of Ms. Lee’s legacy. In her final years, Ms. Lee went to court to protect her intellectual property, and sued a museum in her hometown, Monroeville, in 2013, arguing that it had infringed on Ms. Lee’s trademark by selling “Mockingbird” themed T-shirts and trinkets (the suit was settled in 2014).

Mr. Rudin alluded to that lawsuit in a statement that said the “estate has an unfortunate history of litigious behavior and of both filing and being the recipient of numerous lawsuits, and has been the subject of considerable controversy based on the perceptions surrounding its handling of the work of Harper Lee both before and after her death.”"

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