Is Faulkner quote a misdemeanour?
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