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We, the undersigned, are outraged at this theft of Harper Lee's copyright and royalties.
As the lawsuit points out, Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of Harper's original literary agent, allegedly violated the trust that is supposed to exist between agent and client. Furthermore, he took advantage of an elder woman suffering from a temporary disability.
Fortunately, according to a Bloomberg report, Lee's copyright was reassigned to her last year, but despite such unscrupulous dealings and what could be construed as elder abuse, it took legal action to get it restored.
Now Lee must sue again to ensure copyright ownership and regain the royalties stolen from her as well.
Lee should not have had to file suit. Pinkus's actions, along with others who benefited form this theft, should be considered criminal.
The very least the court should do is ensure that Lee's copyright remains in her possession and demand return of all royalties stolen from her by Pinkus and his cohorts in crime.
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