Salinger sequel writer pens appeal

<p>Lawyers for Swedish author Fredrik Colting, and his US distributor SCB Distribution have filed an appeal against the injunction barring publication in the US of Colting&#39;s novel <em>60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye</em>, a supposed sequel to <em>The Catcher in the Rye</em> written under the pseudonym John David California.</p><p>According to<em> Publishers Weekly</em>, the appeal offers six arguments against the injunction including that it wrongly presumes &quot;irreparable harm&quot;, without any evidence of actual harm; that it extends copyright protection to character Holden Caulfield even though Colting&#39;s book is &quot;not substantially similar&quot; to any copyrightable elements in Salinger&#39;s work; and by finding that Colting&#39;s book does not comment upon or criticise Salinger sufficiently to constitute fair use. A finding for the defendants on any one of the six arguments could serve as the basis for reversing the injunction.</p><p>On 1st July, District Court judge Deborah Batts issued a preliminary injunction barring the publication of what Salinger&#39;s attorneys called an unauthorised sequel to <em>The Catcher in the Rye</em>.</p><p>After the ruling, Aaron Silverman, president of distributor SCB, said &quot;We&#39;re hopeful that the hearing will be in late July or early August and have an answer by early September at the latest.&quot;</p>