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Can someone write a book and claim it is the sequal to someone else's book?
 

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I believe you can if the book is in the public domain (witness all the "Pride and Prejudice" sequels), but it doesn't sound as if "Catcher in the Rye" is. Plus, even if it was, it seems gauche to do it while Salinger is still alive!
 

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cheerio said:
Can someone write a book and claim it is the sequal to someone else's book?
It can be done with permission or if the book is out of copyright. Since under U.S. law copyright extends 70 years after the death of the author, I don't think this one will fly.
 

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Sanveann said:
I believe you can if the book is in the public domain (witness all the "Pride and Prejudice" sequels), but it doesn't sound as if "Catcher in the Rye" is. Plus, even if it was, it seems gauche to do it while Salinger is still alive!
intinst said:
It can be done with permission or if the book is out of copyright. Since under U.S. law copyright extend 70 years after the death of the author, I don't think this one will fly.
Yes, that's true :)
 
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