Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Ruling in the Rye Case

As expected Judge Deborah Batts granted a preliminary injunction barring the unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye, titled 60 Years Later.

According to Publishers Weekly, the federal judge ruled that the sequel "would harm the market for 'sequels and other derivative works' from Salinger and barred publication of Colting's book in the United States."

The defendant said he would appeal.

This ruling will not impact the release of the book in Europe.

Judge Batts found that while there was "some limited transformative character in 60 Years Later . . . the alleged parodic content is not reasonably perceivable, and the limited non-parodic transformative content is unlikely to overcome the obvious commercial nature of the work.”

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