Friday, July 24, 2009

UPDATE: California Schemin'

The cover of the 1985 Bantam edition.Image via Wikipedia

It's getting harder by the day to be a 90-year-old recluse, J.D. Salinger is finding.

Fredrik Colting, whose pen name is John David California, has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to overturn U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts' ruling earlier this month that Colting's novel, "60 Years Later:Coming Through the Rye," infringed on the copyright of Salinger's 1951 classic "Catcher in the Rye" (See "TUOL" post 7/2/09). Publication of Colting's tome, which occurred in England a few months ago, has been derailed by Judge Batts.

Unless the Second Circuit reverses Batts' ruling, California will be hard-pressed to match the 35 million copies Salinger's tale of alienated youth has sold.
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  1. I predict John David California will go bankrupt before the state of the same name.

  2. I also predict the Appeals Court will deliver it's judgement as a song:
    "Sal - in - ger/We will not cry for thee/That guy named California/
    Will be put across our knee."