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J.D. Salinger Sues for Copyright Infringement Over Unauthorized Sequel to ‘The Catcher in the Rye’

“Life is a game boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”

Holden Caulfield is back but he should have learned his lesson from this famous quote from The Catcher in the Rye. The book’s author, J.D. Salinger, has filed a copyright lawsuit to stop the distribution of an unauthorized sequel to his most famous book, “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Salinger, now 90, says that he has repeatedly turned down proposed movie adaptation of his books from names as big as Harvey Weinstein and Steven Spielberg. The unauthorized sequel is written by an author that uses the pseudonym of J.D. California. Holden Caulfield, the original “The Catcher in the Rye” protagonist, is again the main character, but this time he is elderly and living in a retirement home in upstate New York and identified only as “Mr. C.” The title of the publication is: “60 years later: Coming through the Rye.” The book is currently available in England and is set to be sold in America beginning in mid-September.

Salinger calls the book a “rip-off. Pure and simple.” He filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Manhattan yesterday. In his complaint, Salinger claims that “The Catcher in the Rye” still outsells the first Harry Potter book, “The DaVinci Code,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” on “The Catcher in the Rye” was originally published in 1951.

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