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Old 06-03-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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JD Salinger attorneys are attempting to "freeze" publication of a sequel to the famous Catcher in the Rye book.

What's interesting about this case is that while the courts have ruled in favor of parodies and other adaptations of books, this case rests on Salinger's rights to the character, Holden Caulfield, which he created. Since the "sequel" isn't a parody or adaptation, the storyline is independent of the work it claims to continue. If the storyline is independent, then the use of the character seems purely exploitive. Did this new writer add anything to the character or story, or simply use the character's name in an effort to sell more books?

Lawsuit targets 'rip-off' of 'Catcher in the Rye' - CNN.com
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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I dunno, is the storyline really independent? It's Holden Caulfield as an old man, it seems like the property in that case would still require his permission in order for it to be written.

I mean, the story is independent but he's kind of riding on the wave of past work. I dunno, seems like a muddy Inellectual Property case.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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I dunno, is the storyline really independent? It's Holden Caulfield as an old man, it seems like the property in that case would still require his permission in order for it to be written.

I mean, the story is independent but he's kind of riding on the wave of past work. I dunno, seems like a muddy Inellectual Property case.
I think Salinger's case is bolstered by the fact that he's never sold rights to the book. He's maintained the integrity of his Intellectual Property over the years.

I really think that this new author has to prove that the use of the Holden Caulfield character is key to his storyline, and not just a marketing tool.
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