Free speech, copyright infringement and some unsolicited literary criticism were on the docket Thursday as the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments about whether a book based on J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" should be barred from being published in the United States. One of the judges on the panel elicited loud laughter from the gallery when he said in an aside that "60 Years Later," whose main character is a 76-year-old Holden Caulfield, is "a rather dismal piece of work if I may say so."
2nd Circuit Panel Wonders Whether Judge Acted Hastily in Barring Book Based on 'Catcher in the Rye'
IP Law & Business
September 4, 2009