Judge Enjoins From Publication 'Meditation' on 'Catcher in the Rye'

, New York Law Journal

Southern District Judge Deborah Batts yesterday said that "60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye" by Swedish author Fredrik Colting violated J.D. Salinger's copyright on his seminal work, "The Catcher in the Rye". 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 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. "Let me be clear," Judge Batts said at the hearing. "I'm having difficulty seeing it exists at all."

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