Is Faulkner quote a mis­de­meanour?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Reel News -

We’ve cov­ered much news con­cern­ing per­nick­ety US lit­i­ga­tion in the past, but this snip­pet takes the bis­cuit. It seems that the es­tate of Wil­liam Faulkner is su­ing Sony Pic­tures over the use of one (ac­knowl­edged) quote by the au­thor in Woody Allen’s Mid­night in Paris. At one stage, Owen Wil­son’s char­ac­ter quips: “The past is not dead! Ac­tu­ally, it's not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a din­ner party.”

Faulkner Lit­er­ary Rights LLC ar­gues that Sony did not seek per­mis­sion to use the mildly mis­quoted line from the great man’s Re­quiem for a Nun. The suit says: “The use of the in­fring­ing quote and of Wil­liam Faulkner's name in

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