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'Unauthorised Salinger sequel' case resolved

12th January 2011

A settlement appears to have been reached in a copyright battle between the estate of the late J.D. Salinger and the author of the 'unauthorised sequel to The Catcher in the Rye'.

Salinger and his estate have been involved in a long-running dispute with Swedish author and publisher Fredrik Colting, who wrote 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye under the pen name John David California, after claiming that the novel breached copyright laws.

However, a settlement agreement seen by Publishers Weekly shows that Colting has agreed not to distribute 60 Years Later in the US or Canada until The Catcher in the Rye's intellectual property rights expire. The novel can still be sold in other countries.

In addition, the author has been prohibited from using the subtitle Coming Through the Rye, may not associate Salinger or The Catcher in the Rye with his novel and cannot use the lawsuit to promote the book.

Colting told the publication: 'We've come to an agreement with the Salinger trust but I'm afraid I can't go into any specifics. Let's just say that the book will be published in a number of countries this year and I'm very pleased with that.'

In 60 Years Later, Colting imagines Salinger's iconic anti-hero Holden Caulfield as a 76-year-old man, who embarks on a number of escapades on the streets of New York.
 

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