• Sweden edition
 
Swedish author settles Salinger copyright suit

Swedish author settles Salinger copyright suit

Published: 12 Jan 2011 14:52 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Jan 2011 14:52 GMT+01:00

Swedish author and publisher Fredrik Colting has settled a lawsuit with the estate of J.D. Salinger over the publication of his book, a so-called "unauthorised sequel to The Catcher in the Rye."

The reclusive Salinger died in January 2010. His son Matthew and widow Colleen O'Neill settled with Cotling in early December.

The agreement bars the publication of Colting's book 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye in the US and Canada until The Catcher in the Rye enters the public domain, Publishers Weekly reported on Tuesday.

"I'm really pleased with the whole thing, everything always works out for the best. The case is closed, the settlement is done, this time it is finished, which is nice, it took a long time," Colting told The Local on Wednesday.

Colting's battle with the Salinger estate began in the summer of 2009 after the book had already gone on sale in the UK and Sweden.

The book is about "one of the most famous characters in the world and imagining him growing old, living outside of his story, sort of like a modern Frankenstein, Salinger meeting his creation one day," according to Colting.

Colting is free to sell the book in other markets. The book went on sale in Brazil a month ago and is also available in Korea, Hungary, Turkey and Greece. However, he does not anticipate a major financial windfall from the settlement.

"I don't think so. If it is sold in the US, but I don't think I will see a lot of money coming out of Korea or Greece. Do they even have money in Greece? It will not make me rich at all. I'll make more money from [his publishing company] Nicotext," said Colting.

"This book can be a really great stepping stone. Agents and publishers will read my new manuscripts," he added.

Nicotext, which is based in Borås in western Sweden, publishes lifestyle and pop culture titles sold at fashion and household product chain Urban Outfitters chain in the US and UK and is not involved with Colting's disputed title.

According to the report, Colting is also barred from using the title Coming through the Rye, dedicating the book to Salinger and making any references to Salinger's iconic book in promotional material.

Colting managed to evade financial hardship from the suit after New York law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz intervened and offered to take on the case to the tune of $900,000 (6.17 million kronor) in billing.

"I haven't really spent anything, I've been sort of lucky. After they started writing about it in the press, a law firm contacted us. We don't have insurance or money to cover this, but it was really interesting to them," Colting recalled.

Seven lawyers worked on the case. In turn, the respected media and entertainment law firm, which employs a number of literature majors and works against censorship, received a lot of press.

The case also resulted in a court extending copyright protection to a single literary character from a lone work for the first time in the legal system.

The Catcher in the Rye has sold more than 35 million copies since it was first published in 1951. Salinger guarded the work intensely, refusing all attempts to adapt the work for screen and stage, as well as any audio editions.

Previously, he also sued an author who had attempted to publish a biography including letters that Salinger had written to other others and friends. The book was eventually published with the letters' contents paraphrased.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

20:41 January 16, 2011 by Zala Russe
Interesting and well researched.

The case does throw up some interesting issues concerning authorship and publication. What we may take for granted, to be international constraints, may be more varied than most of us imagine. Murkiness exists over areas like 'plagiarism', the unregulated world of 'fan-fiction', and the writing of so-called sequels and/or prequels.

to see more on my own views, check out:

http://www.thelocal.se/blogs/zalarusse/?p=105
Today's headlines
'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers
The Kockums Malmö shipyard and FMV headquarters. Files: TT

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers

After the Swedish military raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp, a military expert tells The Local why recent Russian aggression means Sweden's Saab needs to take control of national submarine production. READ () »

Swedish kids crack adult content 'code' at school
A child, unrelated to the story, on her computer. File photo: TT

Swedish kids crack adult content 'code' at school

Swedish parents who busted their children looking at adult content online were shocked to find the kids saying 'they'd learned the code at school'. READ () »

Industry bellwether SKF recovers to turn profit
A file image of ballbearings. Photo: Shutterstock

Industry bellwether SKF recovers to turn profit

After a drab end to 2013, Swedish ballbearing makers SKF anew posted a profit in its first quarter review. It could spell good news for the manufacturing industry worldwide. READ () »

Swedish Hobbit actor jailed in cocaine case
Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt. File photo: TT

Swedish Hobbit actor jailed in cocaine case

Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt has appealed a five-month prison sentence, handed down on Tuesday after he was found guilty of buying cocaine. READ () »

Property of the Week
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
The property in Skinskatteberg. Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week

The Swedish countryside is littered with small second homes, many up for a steal if you can see beyond dated wallpaper and imagine a country retreat with chanterelles and lingonberries growing in your backyard. READ () »

Puppies lost in 'black market' chihuahua raid
A chihuahua papillon crossbreed puppy. File photo: Shutterstock

Puppies lost in 'black market' chihuahua raid

Thieves escaped from a flat in Malmö on Monday with jewellery, electronics, and four chihuahua-papillon puppies. Police worry the dogs will be sold on the black market, a growing trend in Sweden. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

"We have to hit the brakes and the gas at the same time." Does your Swedish boss confuse you? You're not alone. Swedes have crowned that phrase as the worst workplace cliché of the year. READ () »

More Swedes want to join Nato

More Swedes want to join Nato

Almost one in three Swedes support joining Nato, compared with just 17 percent in 2013, a survey revealed on Tuesday. The sentiment was echoed by the Finnish Prime Minister. READ () »

Elections 2014
Is the PM overstaying his welcome?
Kinberg Batra (L) next to the prime minister. File photo: TT

Is the PM overstaying his welcome?

Seen both as a statesman and a normal guy, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has a solid standing, despite his government's poor poll ratings. But have the Moderates prepared for life post-Reinfeldt? And does his successor matter to the voters? READ () »

Op-Ed
'Six-hour work day will hurt Sweden'

'Six-hour work day will hurt Sweden'

The six hour workday would punish employers who already struggle to find competent staff. And if parts of the economy slow down, so will industries reliant on them, argues liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Advertisement:
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
Society
'Blondes have more brains': Swedish study
TT
Society
VIDEO: Leaked 'Save Slussen' film goes viral
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching, March 28-30
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

721
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com