Salinger, et al. v. Colting (aka John David California), et al.

Order Vacating Preliminary Injunction and Remanding for Application of eBay Injunction Standards


Plaintiff-Appellee J.D. Salinger brought suit alleging Defendant Colting’s novel 60 Years Later Coming Through the Rye is derivative of Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. The District Court granted Salinger’s motion for a preliminary injunction; Defendants appeal.

We hold that the Supreme Court’s decision in eBay, Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 547 U.S. 388 (2006), which articulated a four-factor test as to when an injunction may issue, applies with equal force to preliminary injunctions issued on the basis of alleged copyright infringement.

Therefore, although we conclude that the District Court properly determined that Salinger has a likelihood of success on the merits, we vacate the District Court’s order and remand the case to the District Court to apply the eBay standard.

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 2nd Circuit, New York | United States

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