Heirs Win "Grapes" And Other Fruits Of Steinbeck's Labor

Law360, New York (June 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge in New York has given the rights of several works of legendary author John Steinbeck to his son and granddaughter in a case that could have broad implications for copyright law.

The summary judgment handed down by Judge Richard Owen in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York was part of a larger legal spat between Steinbeck’s blood heirs and the estate of his widow and third-wife, Elaine. The works affected include some of Steinbeck’s best-known tales including “The...
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