Catcher in the Rye Plagiarism CaseBy: Rachel Garcia, Chris Lauture, JoshMaulino, Scott Vo
Who? The Catcher in the Rye plagiarism caseinvolved two authors, JD Salinger and FredrikColting. Colting went by the pseudonym John DavidCalifornia.
What? Fredrik Colting wasaccused of plagiarizing JDSalinger’s book The Catcher inthe Rye into his “own” work of60 Years Later: ComingThrough the Rye. Colting hadan almost identical plot andused the same words andevents that occurred inSalinger’s book. When Coltingfirst published his book, Salingerimmediately took notice andaction. Publication of Colting’sbook was then banned. Thislasted through 2010 until an
When? The first publication and trial of the plagiarismcase lasted from 2009-2011. During this timeSalinger had passed away. The court ruling ofblocking publication of 60 Years Later: ComingThrough the Rye took place 6 months beforeSalinger’s passing.
How? Fredrik Colting first published 60 Years Later:Coming Through the Rye while using thepseudonym John David California. Colting did thiswithout the approval or knowing of Salinger.
Where? 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye wasfirst published in the United Kingdom. The trial tookplace in the United States.
Agreement & Restrictions An agreement was finallyreached, but it included manyrestrictions that Colting wasforced to follow. 60 Years Later:Coming Through the Rye wasprohibited to be published in theUS or Canada, but could bepublished else where. Colting wasnot allowed to dedicate the bookto Salinger and he had to changethe name of the book. Colting andhis lawyers were very pleasedwith the outcome and had greathopes for the future.
Conclusion This is an example of plagiarism becauseColting took Salinger’s work and used it as his ownwithout the acknowledgment of Salinger. He did notchange it enough or bring in a number of new ideasfor it to be looked at as a whole other book.