The perils of plagiarism project for humanities 8.21.12 (2)
By Norris Turnnidge, SarahCummings, Haimeth Villa,and Nafretiri Wright
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger• A novel published in 1951• A classic in American Literature, and around the world.• Tells the story of a 16 year old boy named Holden Caulfield who is expelled from his school in Pennsylvania and moves to New York before having to go home, where he finds out about people, girls, emotions, growing up, and life in general.• Sold over 60 million copies• Salinger never gave the rights to his works away, and turned down many film offers.• After gaining publicity in the 50’s, Salinger became a recluse and denied interviews, book talks, and much more.
60 Years Later- The Catcher in the Rye’s Sequel By J.D. California• Published in 2009• Written by J.D. California and meant to be a parody.• About Caulfield going back to New York once again, 60 years later.• California included many of the events that happened in Catcher in the Rye and had Caulfield meet Salinger three-fourths of the way through the book.
J.D. California; 6O Years Later: Comingthrough the Rye.
The Conflict between the books.• J. D. Salinger sued John David California because it was an ‘unauthorizedsequel’ to The Catcher in the Rye.• 60 Years Later was banned from being published in the United States and inCanada.•California’s lawyers stated that the novel was more complicated than just aparody, because JD Salinger was a character within the book himself.•Salinger’s lawyers stated that California’s book was a “rip-off, pure andsimple.”
The Death of JD Salinger•Salinger died of natural causes on January 28 th, 2010.•Hadn’t published anything for 40 years when he died.•Before his death, he left all of his literary states to his heirs to takestewardship of.
The Legal battle• When Salinger heard about California’s work, he decided to sue, like he has before to protect many of his works.• 60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye by California, even stated in the beginning that it was an “Unauthorized fictional examination of the relationship between JD Salinger and his most famous character (Holden.)• Salinger’s lawyers stated that California’s book was a “rip-off, plain and simple.”• California and his lawyers stated that 60 Years Later was more complicated than a rip off or sequel, because it looked at JD Salinger as a character within the book.• Salinger did not attend the hearings, and requested that the case be “kept private.”
Conclusion of the battle•In the end of the legal court battle, the hearing came to an agreement that60 years later could not be published in the USA or Canada.•J.D. California’s book was allowed to be published in many parts of Europe,but not anywhere else.•Salinger’s lawyers had filed complaint of copyright infringement upon thestory line and character’s of Salinger’s original master work, The Catcher inthe Rye.
Conclusion•Plagiarism: J.D. California’s book was an original idea to himself, but toomany, it was just a rip-off of the original Catcher in the Rye, and regardless ofCalifornia’s statements about it being an inspired story, he was still seen as aplagiarizer, and lost much credit and respect from other writers and literaryfigures around the world, not to mention from anyone who has respect forpreserving old things.•Plagiarism is very uncreative, and if you plagiarize, you risk losing yourcredit as a writer, lots of money, as well as receiving lots and lots of criticism,hate, and disrespect from other writers.•Plagiarism can ruin a book, a career, and even a life.It is hugely looked down upon in American Society, as well as around theworld, and yet people still continue to plagiarize… hopefully one day, it willstop. Until that day, there will be more court cases, anger between writers,and millions of more dollars lost. Do yourself and others a favor, and DON’TPLAGIARIZE!!!