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More news in J.D. Salinger lawsuit

There is fresh news on the lawsuit that JD Saligner is looking to slap on the creators of the sequel, or is it parody, of Catcher in the Rye.

The issue:
60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye features an elderly Holden Caulfield escaping from a nursing home and running amok in New York. The books author, Fredrik Colting (aka J.D. California), claims that the book is a parody and his use of the Holden character is within the rights of “fair use” while Team Salinger suggests the book is an unauthorized sequel aiming to cash in on his intellectual property. Legal paperwork bombs were dropped and both sides are currently battling in court.

New information:
The judge presiding over the case has placed a temporary restraining order against 60 Years Later to buy the time needed to determine if in fact Salinger’s character, Haulden Caulfield, is protected by copyright. Publishers weekly has the full story here

Why book collectors care:
Now the interesting information for bibliophiles and collectors is that before the courts got involved the UK publisher of 60 Years later managed to print and ship an extremely short print run of the title, which means there are a few copies of this book floating around the collectors market. I saw one copy on AbeBooks yesterday for about $75 and it sold by the end of the day, but today another copy has popped up this time for $300. If you want to find a copy of the rare first edition of 60 Years Later: Coming through the Rye they will be at this link.

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3 Responses to “More news in J.D. Salinger lawsuit”

  1. Recently I wrote a 100-page comparative research paper on the treatment of parody in the copyright laws of common law countries and selected European countries. Thus, I could not help but voice my thoughts regarding the ongoing dispute between J.D. Salinger and the author and publishers of a purported sequel to The Catcher in the Rye.

    I have posted my new article “Why Courts Should Not Allow the Parody Exception to Make a Parody of the Copyright Law” at http://mincov.com/articles/index.php/fullarticle/Salinger_Parody/

    I hope you don’t mind me using your blog to advertise it. I would appreciate any comments you may have with regard to my article.

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