Monday, October 29, 2012
Faulkner Literary Rights has brought suit against several parties, including Northrop Grumman, The Washington Post, and Sony Corp. for the misuse of quotes that attributable to Mr. William Faulkner. The group brought suit against the first two parties for quoting 14 words of the late author with an attribution to him. The second and separate lawsuit against Sony Corp. alleges that Woody Allen in the movie "Midnight in Paris" misquoted a statement from Faulkner and attributed the quotation to him. The new federal complaint alleges that Northrop placed an ad in the paper with a quote from William Faulkner. The group claims that the paper never received authorization from them to use the quote, and so they are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
See Robert Kahn, Faulkner Rights Agency Sues Washington Post, Courthouse News Service, Oct 19, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.