Harper Lee Sues to Reclaim Copyright to 'Mockingbird'

Harper Lee Sues to Reclaim Copyright to 'Mockingbird'

The Associated Press reported on Friday that author Harper Lee has filed a lawsuit to reclaim the copyright to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird.

Lee alleges that Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of her former literary agent Eugene Winick, "took advantage of her declining hearing and eyesight seven years ago to get her to assign the book's copyright to him and a company he controlled." Slate's Daniel Politi also reports that at the time Pinkus enacted his plot, Lee was "living in an assisted-living facility after suffering a stroke." Pinkus began representing Lee after Winick, who worked at McIntosh and Otis, became ill decades ago.

The author, now 87, seeks to reclaim full ownership of Mockingbird, as well as unspecified damages. Lee's attorney Gloria Phares writes, "The transfer of ownership of an author's copyright to her agent is incompatible with her agent's duty of loyalty; it is a gross example of self-dealing."

So, this Pinkus guy sounds like a real scumbag, huh? What do you think?

Image of To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary Edition
Author: Harper Lee
Publisher: Harper (2010)
Binding: Hardcover, 336 pages
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