Back in December, we were disappointed to find out that the author of an "unauthorized sequel" to Catcher in the Rye
had settled the lawsuit brought by the estate of JD Salinger, such that the book was permanently banned
in the US. It seemed like a serious blow to basic First Amendment freedoms, to have the US banning books that have significant unique expression. However, drew
points us to some more details about the settlement
which seem really troubling from a free speech standpoint. The book is banned in the US, but not elsewhere, though the author, Colting, has to change the title. But where it gets ridiculous is the following conditions:
Under the terms of the deal, Colting is forbidden from dedicating the book to Salinger.
It also prohibits him or any publisher of the book from referring to The Catcher in the Rye or Salinger.
They are also prevented from using the copyright claim or Salinger's so-called "ban" to promote the work.
Perhaps that last one is kind of understandable, but what's with banning him from dedicating the book
to whomever he wants? How is that possibly a copyright issue?