US Banning Books: Unauthorized Catcher In The Rye Sequel Permanently Banned
from the burn-'em dept
However, THResq reports that a permanent injunction has been issued, as the author and publisher of the book have settled the case and agreed not to pursue it any further. This is really unfortunate, because now the original book banning ruling stays valid and on the books for others to point to. Yet another example of copyright being misinterpreted, and censorship resulting. Copyright law is quite clear that there's supposed to be a separation between "idea" and "expression." Only the expression is protectable. Colting did not copy the expression -- he used the idea to create a brand new expression, and even if it sucked, it should not be banned. It's too bad that this is as far as this case will go.