When, and whether, the sequel to The Catcher in the Rye ever hits the U.S. is a question rife with speculation after the 2nd Circuit’s recent ruling in Salinger v. Colting. For an interesting peek at what’s percolating in the law of sequels, and a link to the decision (and others of note), see the recent article in Collectanea. Whether the book ever hits our shores legally or not, curious readers can always order it from Amazon’s online store in the UK, and simply pay the increased shipping costs (just as thousands of readers have done with the latest addition to Stieg Larson’s ongoing saga, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, which was released in the UK several months prior to its US release, much to the dismay of his rabid following). For the literary minded, the review of the sequel — 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye — appeared last year in Slate.
I am a commercial litigator and intellectual property lawyer in Orange County. Although my practice encompasses a wide variety of business disputes, I have a particular fondness for, and am prone to wax philosophical on, the subjects of copyright and trademark infringement in music, literature, art, and film.