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Salinger v. Colting, 09-2878

In an action by the estate of J.D. Salinger claiming copyright infringement and unfair competition based on the publication of a novel derivative of The Catcher in the Rye, a preliminary injunction in favor of plaintiff is vacated and remanded for further proceedings where the Supreme Court's decision in eBay, Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 (2006), which articulated a four-factor test as to when an injunction may issue, applied with equal force to preliminary injunctions issued on the basis of alleged copyright infringement.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/30/2010
  • Published 04/30/2010


  • CALABRESI, Circuit Judge:, Before CALABRESI, CABRANES, HALL, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Second Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Deepak Gupta, Gregory A. Beck, Public Citizen Litigation Group, Washington, DC; Dan Hunter, New York Law School, New York, NY, for Amicus Curiae Public Citizen, Inc.

  • For Appellees:
  • Marcia Beth Paul, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, New York, N.Y., for Plaintiffs-Appellees., Edward H. Rosenthal (Maura J. Wogan, Jessie F. Beeber, Cameron A. Myler, Marisa Sarig, on the brief), Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz P.C., New York, N.Y., for Defendants-Appellants., David E. Kendall, Thomas G. Hentoff, Kannon K. Shanmugam, Hannah M. Stott-Bumsted, Scott K. Dasovich, Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington, DC, for Amicus Curiae Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. in support of Plaintifs-Appellees., Anthony T. Falzone, Julie A. Ahrens, Sarah H. Pearson, Stanford Law School, Center for Internet & Society, Stanford, CA; Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC; Jennifer M. Urban, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Berkeley, CA, for Amici Curiae American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Association of College and Research Libraries, The Organization for Transformative Works and the Right to Write Fund in support of Defendants-Appellants., George Freeman, Itai Maytal, The New York Times Company, Legal Department, New York, NY, (Barbara W. Wall, Gannett Co., Inc., McLean, VA; Karen Flax, Tribune Company, Chicago, IL, of counsel), for Amici Curiae The New York Times Company, Gannett Co., Inc., and Tribune Company in support of Defendants-Appellants.
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