News Just In: J.D Salinger v a bunch of Librarians; or what constitutes a new literary work?

by Anna Blanch on August 5, 2009

Is it really just a case of College Librarians v. J.D. Salinger?

Or is there something greater at stake?

Is fanfic at risk?

What about parodies or tributes?

HT: Inside Higher Ed

The Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and University Libraries — have joined an appeal to an injunction banning the publication of 60 Years Later, a planned sequel to Catcher in the Rye. J.D. Salinger, the author of Catcher in the Rye sees the sequel written under the pen name Mr. C., and which tells the story of what happened later in life to Holden Caulfield, as infringing on his copyright. A US federal judge agreed. But the college library groups, along with other library organizations and civil liberties groups, view the injunction as unfair. In a brief filed with a federal appeals court, they argue that the injunction doesn’t recognize the extent to which the new work is — whatever its merits as a work of art — a distinct literary work. Allowing the injunction to stand infringes on free expression of the sort that college libraries rely on, the brief argues.

Couldn’t the publishers publish it in another country?

I wouldn’t have read it before but i might now, just to see what the fuss is!

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