Arguing that a copyright infringement claim — especially one that may be invalid — is no justification for banning a book, four of the United States’ biggest news organizations on Thursday lined up behind a Swedish author’s bid to publish a literary work whose central character is a 76-year-old version of Holden Caulfield.

In an amicus brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyers for The New York Times Co., The Associated Press, Gannett Co. Inc. and Tribune Co. said their position in support of the publication of Fredrik Colting’s “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” was not something they took lightly — especially at a time when infringement issues threaten their own business interests.

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