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Salinger Sequel Defense Plans to Appeal

salingerbook.jpgThe morning after federal Judge Deborah Batts ruled that a Swedish author could not publish the follow-up to “The Catcher in the Rye,” the book’s distributor vowed to appeal.

“60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” by Fredrik Coltingwas to be distributed by Aaron Silverman of SCB Distributors Inc.. “Today’s ruling temporarily prevents us from bringing a wonderful book to U.S. readers,” he explained, noting they “plan to appeal.” In addition, a defense lawyer involved in the case said the judge was effectively “banning the book.”

Here’s a statement from Edward H. Rosenthal, an attorney at Frankfurt Kurnit, part of the book’s legal team: “We are very disappointed that the judge chose to ban Mr. Colting’s book … ’60 Years Later’ is an important critical work about ‘The Catcher in the Rye.’ Because of the Court’s decision banning the book, 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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Judge Nixes J.D. Salinger Follow-Up

salingerbook.jpgFederal Judge Deborah Batts decided today that a Swedish author could not publish his follow-up to “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Earlier this month, the judge issued a temporary order blocking author Fredrik Colting from publishing “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye”–a novel revisiting characters from a classic J.D. Salinger novel. According to the AP Batts ultimately rejected two main claims by the defense, that the book was a parody and critique of Salinger’s original work.

Here’s more from the article: “[Batts noted that] Colting and his publishers made no indication before the lawsuit was filed that the book was meant as a parody or critique of Salinger’s work. ‘Quite to the contrary, the original jacket of ’60 Years’ states that it is ‘… a marvelous sequel to one of our most beloved classics,” the judge noted.”

Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Salinger Tribute

salingerbook.jpgA federal judge issued a restraining order yesterday, temporarily blocking the publication of author Fredrik Colting‘s book “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye”–a novel revisiting characters from a classic J.D. Salinger novel.

According to Publishers Weekly, judge Deborah Batts granted a temporary order against the book that some have described as a sequel to “The Catcher in the Rye,” and must decide in the next ten days if she will permanently enjoin publication. In addition, the judge will rule if Colting’s book was fair use of Salinger’s work.

The article explained: “Batts’s ruling is the first time that the Second Circuit has explicitly ruled that a single character from a single work is copyrightable … [Batts] ruled that Caulfield, though appearing in only one book, was sufficiently delineated.”