'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author Sues Agent For Allegedly Stealing Book's Copyright
Harper Lee's lawsuit contends her agent deceived her into handing over the rights--and profits--to the classic 1960 story of racial injustice.
Harper Lee, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird filed a lawsuit Friday to re-secure the copyright to it.
The lawsuit alleges the son-in-law, Samuel Pinkus, failed to properly protect the copyright of the book after his father-in-law, Eugene Winick — who had represented Lee as a literary agent since the book was published in 1960 through the firm McIntosh and Otis — became ill a decade ago.
Lee is also asking that all commissions paid to Pinkus since 2007 be returned to her.