OT: be careful quoting Faulkner

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 2 04:24:36 UTC 2012

The TechDirt website has an article about another lawsuit filed by the
litigious Faulkner estate.

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Faulkner Estate Keeps Suing: Sues Washington Post Over Ad That Quoted One

by Mike Masnick on Wed, Oct 31st 2012



The second lawsuit, filed Friday, was against the Washington Post and
defense contractor giant Northrop Grumman. Why? Because Northrop Grumman
ran an ad in the Washington Post that quoted (with attribution) a single
sentence from a Harper's article that Faulkner once wrote.

The ad, which ran on July 4th, 2011, included: "We must be free not because
we claim freedom, but because we practice it. -- William Faulkner." It had
a giant image of an American flag and some more text celebrating July 4th.

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On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> Subject:      Re: OT: be careful quoting Faulkner
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> At 10/26/2012 05:00 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> >If there have been any lawsuits against quotation references recently
> >I have not heard about them. Perhaps a lawsuit asking for damages due
> >to torturous interference with the truth (and even plausibility) might
> >succeed against one of the big online databases of misquotes.
> >
> >(I know the torturous is an eggcorn for tortious.)
> As Faulkner wrote, in an ode of self-praise,
> Come crown my brow with leaves of myrtle,
> I know the tortoise is a turtle,
> Come carve my name in stone immortal,
> I know the turtoise is a tortle.
> Joel
> P.S.  I expect the Literary Estates of both Faulkner and Nash to be
> soon filing against me.
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