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article imageUnauthorized sequel to 'Catcher in the Rye' is stopped in flight

By Billie Boggs     Jun 17, 2009 in Entertainment
J.D. Salinger asks for injunction to stop the publication of book with similarities to the "Catcher in the Rye" Judge allows temporary ban.
Many haven't heard the name J.D. Salinger in a while but most remember him as the captivating author of the "Catcher in the Rye". But recently his name has begun to make headlines once more.
Salinger has filed for an injunction in the hopes of blocking the publication of a novel entitled “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” The book reintroduces the main character Holden Caulfield from the original novel. And places him in the current time frame
The courts say that Salinger remains
"Fiercely protective of his intellectual property. It goes into detail explaining that Salinger has even turned down such creative geniuses as Harvey Weunstien and Steven Spielberg when they sought permission to put Caulfield on the silver screen."
J.D. Salinger has always been one to take a stand when it comes to issues regarding his life long work. And this has been no exception.
This unauthorized book written by Fredrick Colting describes how the character identified as “Mr. C. escapes a retirement home and has experiences similar to the experiences the character Caulfield went through decades earlier.
U.S. District Judge Deborah said during the Wednesday court proceeding that she found
"Substantial similarities between JD Salinger's “ Catcher in the Rye” and the new book written by the Swedish Author."
The Judge had read both books and could rule the similarities were left her to decide if the new book made fair use if Salinger's work by providing commentary, criticism or parody.
After hearing both parties, the district judge temporarily blocked the publication of the book until she can decide what she called serious legal questions raised by the dispute.
The lawyer for the Swedish author is pushing the the temporary block to be lifted on the basis that book provided meaningful criticism of Salinger and his main character Holden Caufield.
While the lawyer for Salinger made it very evident that she believes that this book was written for pure commercialism and the Swedish author planned to use the notoriety of the character and the book itself for finaicail gain.
Salinger has become known for living a reclusive life and has not published any books within the last decade. From his New Hampshire home, he is rarely heard from unless he takes legal actions to protect his works.
The temporary ban from publication of the book in question is in effect until the next court proceeding later this month.
More details can be found at CTV.ca as this story develops.
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