Harper Lee sues: Calling Atticus Finch! Author Harper Lee is suing her agent over the copyright to her classic novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' She alleges she was tricked into signing away rights to the book, first published in 1960.
It sounds strange that such an issue would come up 53 years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which features Mr. Finch as lawyer who fights for racial justice, was published.
But here’s what the 87-year-old author is alleging in a case filed Friday in a federal court in Manhattan. The lawsuit argues that the son-in-law of her long-time literary agent took advantage of her declining hearing and eyesight seven years ago to get her to assign the book's copyright to him and a company he controlled.
"The transfer of ownership of an author's copyright to her agent is incompatible with her agent's duty of loyalty; it is a gross example of self-dealing," the lawsuit says.
The former agent's son-in-law didn't immediately return a call seeking comment, the Associated Press reports.