'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee alleges that her hometown is exploiting her trademark and personality rights.
Mere weeks after Harper Lee settled a lawsuit in which she alleged she was “duped” into signing over her “To Kill a Mockingbird” copyright, the 87-year-old writer is filing another lawsuit.
This time it’s against her hometown.
Lee filed suit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum on Oct. 10 in Monroeville, Ala., for allegedly exploiting her trademark and personality rights, according to news reports.
Her complaint states: “The town’s desire to capitalize upon the fame of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird ‘ is unmistakable: Monroeville’s town logo features an image of a mockingbird and the cupola of the Old County Courthouse, which was the setting for the dramatic trial in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'."
It continues by targeting the museum: “Its actual work does not touch upon history. Rather, its primary mission is to trade upon the fictional story, settings and characters that Harper Lee created in 'To Kill a Mockingbird', and Harper Lee's own renown as one of the nation's most celebrated authors."
The museum sells aprons, clothing, soaps, magnets, and glassware, among other merchandise, and reportedly generated more than $500,000 in revenue in 2011.