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The so-called sequel to Catcher in the Rye has been banned for publication in the US and Canada for the near future, announces its author, Swedish writer Fredrick Colting.
The primary injunction indefinitely banning the books publication was issued by Judge Deborah Batts in July 2010; it wasn’t until this week that Colting reached a settlement with the Salinger estate over copyright issues. As it stands now, Colting cannot reference Salinger, Holden Caulfield, or Catcher in the Rye ever, and he cannot publish in Canada or the US until Salinger’s copyright has expired.
The argument: Those against Colting and his novel (titled 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye) claim it is dismally written and a cheap rip-off of the original work. Although a fictional character can not legally be copyrighted, Judge Batts claims the Salinger’s famous Holden Caulfield is a “portrait by words” and therefore should be given the same rights as a portrait or illustration.
The defense: Colting and his lawyers stand by their appeal that 60YL is not a copy, but a commentary, of Salinger’s seminal work. “This is a highly transformative work about the relationship between Salinger and his character,” says Edward Rosenthal, Colting’s lawyer.
My question to you: Should the fake Salinger sequel/rip-off/commentary be banned? Is it that big of a deal? Could this book possibly cause the “irreparable harm” to Salinger that the pro-banners claim?