Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003433, Thu, 15 Oct 1998 17:48:54 -0700

Re: DN's Legal Challenge (fwd)
From: "Peter A. Kartsev" <petr@glas.apc.org>

I find it most amuzing that somebody here suggested literary critics
and not courts should be the judges of Ms. Pera's little experiment. Now
there's an infallible breed. But I think Galya Diment and some others
overlook the fact that literary merit of the book (or even lack of same)
is in many ways beside the point. Try publishing a James Bond novel
without obtaining the rights to the character. You'll be in court before
the ink is dry, even if you make it no more insipid than the originals
were. Why should it be different with Lo? So please, let us not be
unduly generous with something that does not belong to us.