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The Courts

Submission + - The Catcher's Sequel Goes Awry

Hugh Pickens writes: "US District Court Judge Deborah Batts issued a preliminary injunction this week barring the US publication and sale of a parody of J. D. Salinger's famous 1951 coming of age novel "Catcher in the Rye" called "60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye" by Swedish author Frederik Colting. Colting's lawyer had argued at a hearing that, like a previous parody of "Gone with the Wind" called "The Wind Done Gone" his client's work was covered by fair use provisions because it is a critical parody of Salinger's iconic novel and was therefore tranformative, rather than derivative of the original work by the reclusive author. During the hearing Judge Batts expressed skepticism toward that argument and while acknowledging that Colting's book is mildly tranformative of the original work--mainly because it includes Salinger himself as a character bent on killing off the septuagenarian Holden Caulfield. But Caulfield may have bigger problems than the insults of irreverent parodists. While still a staple of the high school curriculum, beloved by many teachers who read and reread it in their own youth, teachers say young readers today don't like Holden as much as they used to and what once seemed like courageous truth-telling now strikes many of them as "weird," "whiny" and "immature." In the meantime Colting's attorney said he plans to seek an expedited appeal of the ruling with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit so the book, already published in the UK can be published in the United States.. "Members of the public are deprived of the chance to read the book and decide for themselves whether it adds to their understanding of Salinger and his work.""

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