almost as (or maybe more-so) frivolous as the Apple/Samsung krapola
Famed quotation isn't dead -- and could even prove costly
By Todd Leopold, CNN
November 11, 2012 -- Updated 1918 GMT (0318 HKT)
William Faulkner's line, "The past is never dead. It's not even past," is now at the center of a lawsuit.
(CNN) -- It may be one of the most-quoted lines in American literature -- and if you dare to quote it, you might have to pay.
William Faulkner quotation subject of a lawsuit
Woody Allen used much-quoted line in "Midnight in Paris"; Faulkner estate suing
Studio believes line is protected by legal doctrine; if they're wrong, could affect other works
Faulkner, one of America's greatest writers, generally not known for pithy quotations
In late October, Faulkner Literary Rights -- which represents Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner's estate -- sued representatives of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" for misquoting the famous line, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."
In the film, about a writer who travels back in time to 1920s Paris, Owen Wilson's character lightly rephrases the line as "The past is not dead. Actually, it's not even past."
For the film's sin, Faulkner's estate is suing for copyright infringement and asking for "damages, disgorgement of profits, costs and attorney fees," according to the suit.
Defendant Sony Pictures Classics, which released "Midnight in Paris," quickly fired back.
"This is a frivolous lawsuit and we are confident we will prevail in defending it," the studio said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sony is defending the quotation as a "fair use" under copyright law, which is a defense that lets others freely reproduce copyrighted works for purposes such as criticism, comment and news reporting.