Southern District Judge Deborah Batts yesterday said that “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” by Swedish author Fredrik Colting violated Mr. Salinger’s copyright. She found that Mr. Colting borrowed liberally from “Catcher,” and his work did not amount to a critique or commentary on the original.

Her decision in Salinger v. Colting, 09 Civ. 5095, comes after a June 17 hearing during which the judge appeared deeply skeptical that Mr. Colting’s work should be considered “transformative” and thus exempt from a finding of copyright infringement under the Fair Use Doctrine ( NYLJ June 18).

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