Penguin Flattens Rights Of Steinbeck Heirs

Law360, New York (August 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appellate court has reversed a lower court's decision that gave the rights to several seminal works of author John Steinbeck to his son and granddaughter.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said Wednesday that a 2004 copyright termination notice served by the duo was invalid, meaning that Penguin Group — and not Thomas Steinbeck and Blake Smyle — control the copyright of such esteemed works as “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Tortilla Flat” and “Of Mice and Men.”...
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