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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Legal Battle Over Malcolm X Diary Publishing Rights

Diary of XThird World Press, a Chicago company, has scheduled to publish Malcolm X's diaries as soon as next week. Malcolm's heirs caught wind of this plan and have gone to court for an injunction preventing the publication. X Legacy, an entity created by Malcolm X's heirs to protect his estate, asserts that publication rights belong to them. A vice president from Third World Press told the Daily News Company that Third World actually holds the publishing rights to the diaries. Currently, the diaries are at the New York Public Library. X Legacy filed papers in Manhattan federal court.

See Associated Press, Malcolm X Diaries Fight Between Third World Press and X Legacy Goes to Court, ABC7 News, Nov. 9, 2013.

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this to my attention.


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